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Chanson à boire du vieux temps
Another pastiche this—music suitable for a film or a stage play, an honourable forereunner of Ravel’s Chanson à boire from the Don Quichotte set, and of Poulenc’s from the Chansons Gaillardes. Determinedly hearty music such as this, with a hint of the dance (the ducking and weaving of inebriated cavaliers), is a simple thing for this composer, merely grist to Camille. It is a more ponderous re-write of Marquise from sixteen years earlier, but a good character piece for a gallant baritone.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1997

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