No 1: Reine des mouettes Reine des mouettes, mon orpheline
No 2: C'est ainsi que tu es Ta chair, d'âme mêlée
No 3: Paganini Violon hippocampe et sirène
The three short songs that make up Vilmorin’s Métamorphoses are quintessential Poulenc, and indeed make up a sampler and mini-compendium of his three basic song styles: fast and capriciously lyrical (Reine des mouettes), slow (never very slow) and touchingly lyrical (C’est ainsi que tu es) and fast in the café-concert tradition, where moto perpetuo virtuosity is the thing (Paganini). That these enchanting feather-light songs stand chronologically close to Tel jour telle nuit shows the discerning versatility of Poulenc’s song-writing in the late 1930s.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 1985