This is one of the many pastiche songs of former times that almost every composer of the mélodie has written at some time or another, including Ravel in his Marot settings, and Poulenc in his À sa guitare
and Priez pour paix
. This is an early (1869) essay in minuet music from the times of Louis XV—the sort of thing that Massenet also did well, although this song predates Manon by nearly twenty years. The accompaniment here is scrupulously kept in three parts as if it were conceived for a small group of instrumentalists providing background music for a fête champêtre.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 1997