, written around 1870, was originally included in the Pièces pittoresques
. The title, along with those of other pieces, was probably not Chabrier’s but the publisher’s. The opening theme comes from Poussah’s aria from Fisch-Ton-Kan
, the operetta written during 1864 in collaboration with Paul Verlaine. In A minor, unpolished and jerky in style, this theme is repeated three times in the guise of a refrain. A second motif in A major, of great sweetness, wrapped round with arpeggiated chords, is then repeated almost at once with slight variations. This is followed by a lively and staccato third motif in B flat, which starts piano before finally reaching an exalted ff, hammered out in octaves.
from notes by Jean-Paul Sévilla © 2006
English: Roland Smithers