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Il est né, le divin enfant

composer
Traditional French carol
arranger
1888, B flat major (original key)
author of text
Traditional French Carol

 
A ‘petit rien’ perhaps (prepared for performance on Christmas Day 1888), but this arrangement of a delightful little carol shows the hand of a master. Other composers (including Chabrier, and Fauré’s pupil Ravel, not to mention D’Indy and Canteloube) left various folk song arrangements, but this is as near as we can find to Fauré arranging music other than his own (an exception to this is an impossibly long-winded arrangement of what purported to be a hymn to Apollo from the time of the ancient Greeks). This is a piano arrangement of the original accompaniment for organ, harp, oboes, cellos and double basses.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2005

Un «petit rien», peut-être, que cet arrangement d’un charmant petit noël écrit pour la Noël 1888, mais un «petit rien» qui révèle la patte d’un maître. D’autres compositeurs (Chabrier, Ravel, l’élève de Fauré, sans oublier D’Indy et Canteloube) firent divers arrangements de chants populaires, mais celui-ci est le plus fidèle jamais composé par Fauré à partir d’une musique autre que la sienne (exception faite d’un arrangement incroyablement interminable de ce qui se voulait un hymne à Apollon datant de la Grèce antique). Il s’agit d’un arrangement pour piano de l’accompagnement original pour orgue, harpe, hautbois, violoncelles et contrebasses.

extrait des notes rédigées par Graham Johnson © 2005
Français: Hypérion

Recordings

Fauré: The Complete Songs, Vol. 2 – Un paysage choisi
CDA67334

Details

Track 16 on CDA67334 [1'32]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67334 track 16

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-05-33416
Duration
1'32
Recording date
4 August 2004
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
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