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Danse de la chèvre
1921; for solo flute; dedicated to René Le Roy; composed for Sacha Derek's La Mauvaise Pensée and first performed during a performance of the play at the Nouveau Théâtre Paris on 2 December 1921

'L'Album des Six' (CDH55386)
L'Album des Six
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Track 16 on CDH55386 [4'11] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Danse de la chèvre
Honegger’s Danse de la chèvre (‘The Goat Dance’, 1921), dedicated to René Le Roy, shares Tailleferre’s interest in matters pastoral. A languorous, mysterious opening—improvisatory in quality and featuring the interval of the tritone, or ‘diabolus in musica’—is transformed into the lively skipping and tripping of the main goat theme (the lecherous Pan?). Composed originally for the dancer Lysana within a play by Sacha Derek entitled La Mauvaise Pensée and first performed at the Nouveau Théâtre in Paris on 2 December 1921, this short piece shows well the flute’s attributes with varied articulations, trills and chromatic passagework (up to a top B flat). After several fluctuations of tempo, the dance slows once more, becoming distant and disintegrated, ending with a hollow, unworldly-sounding harmonic.

from notes by Deborah Mawer © 2001

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67204 track 16
Recording date
22 April 2000
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. L'Album des Six (CDA67204)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: February 2001
    Deletion date: March 2009
    Superseded by CDH55386
  2. L'Album des Six (CDH55386)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: April 2012
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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