, with a text by Paul Valéry (1871–1945), was unpublished until after Poulenc’s death. True to its title it is a colloquy in which the two voices never sing together. Valéry’s original title for the poem (dedicated to Poulenc) was ‘Dialogues pour deux flûtes’. The composer admitted that although he admired Valéry as much as Verlaine or Rimbaud, he was not comfortable in setting his words. The vocal line and harmonies are graceful enough, but there is no real fusion between words and music.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 1985