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Les angélus, L88

First line:
Cloches chrétiennes pour les matines
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In Les angélus and Les cloches the texture is built around the sounds of bells. Debussy would of course exploit this sonority most famously in his piano prelude La cathédrale engloutie, but we should be aware that in the age before the arrival of the noisy motor car the tolling of bells in cities was a larger component of the soundscape than it is now, and so is found regularly in the songs of the period. We should also be aware that, while Debussy obviously valued them as pure sound and perhaps for their intimation of a life beyond the material one, he never followed any orthodox religion.

from notes by Robert Nichols © 2003

Dans Les angélus et Les cloches, la texture est élaborée autour des sonorités des cloches. Bien entendu, l’exemple le plus célèbre où Debussy exploite ces sonorités se trouve être le prélude pour piano intitulé La cathédrale engloutie. Il nous faut être conscient qu’avant l’arrivée de l’automobile, le son des cloches carillonnant à travers la ville était un élément clé du paysage sonore, bien plus important qu’à l’heure actuelle. A ce titre, il figure régulièrement dans les mélodies de l’époque. Il nous faut aussi savoir que, si Debussy les appréciait comme pur élément sonore, et peut-être pour leur intimation à une vie par-delà le matériel, il ne fut jamais adepte d’une religion orthodoxe.

extrait des notes rédigées par Roger Nichols © 2003
Français: Isabelle Battioni

Recordings

Debussy: Songs, Vol. 1
CDA67357

Details

Track 10 on CDA67357 [1'57]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67357 track 10

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-02-35710
Duration
1'57
Recording date
25 July 2001
Recording venue
Champs Hill, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Debussy: Songs, Vol. 1 (CDA67357)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: January 2003
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