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Trois Poèmes de Pétrone, Op 15

composer
November 1918
author of text
translator of text

 
These songs create a triptych (two animated movements framing a slow one), and are based on a single motif, varied in rhythm and feeling.
What was said about Epigrammes can also be applied to the Poèmes de Pétrone. It is maybe possible to find in these latter settings more unity and a greater amplitude of vocal line. But they remained under Satie’s influence, especially so far as the process of accompaniment was concerned.
Trois Poèmes de Pétrone was my first work to be published, thanks to Maurice Ravel who had arranged an introduction to Jacques Durand. They were paid for in kind, with 50 copies given to me to distribute between my friends and relations. Their titles are the most frequently mentioned on the statements of SACEM [the French society that looks after the rights of French writers, composers and musicians]. Many only know me through these songs, which give people a somewhat limited idea of who I am !

(Louis Durey, from his Catalogue Commenté, translation by Isabelle Battioni)

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2002

Ces trois mélodies forment un triptyque (2 mouvements animés encadrent un mouvement lent) et sont bâties sur un motif unique, varié de rythme et de sentiment.
Ce qui a été dit des Epigrammes peut s’appliquer également aux Poèmes de Pétrone. On trouvera en ces derniers peut-être plus d’unité et une plus grande amplitude dans la ligne vocale. Mais ils demeurent sous l’influence directe de Satie, surtout en ce qui concerne le processus d’accompagnement.
Les Trois Poèmes de Pétrone ont été ma première œuvre gravée, grâce à l’introduction que Maurice Ravel m’avait préparée auprès de Jacques Durand. Ils m’ont été payés par la remise de 50 exemplaires à distribuer à mes amis et connaissances. Leurs titres restent pourtant ceux qui reviennent le plus souvent sur mes feuillets de la SACEM. Bien des gens ne me connaissent que par eux, ce qui leur donne de moi une opinion quelque peu limitée !

(Louis Durey: in Catalogue Commenté, 1962)

extrait des notes rédigées par Graham Johnson © 2002
Français: Isabelle Battioni

Recordings

Durey: Songs
CDA67257Archive Service

Details

No 1: La boule de neige  Je ne croyais pas que la neige renfermât du feu
Track 41 on CDA67257 [1'31] Archive Service
No 2: La métempsychose  Tandis que je cueillais un suave baiser des lèvres
Track 42 on CDA67257 [2'28] Archive Service
No 3: La grenade  Lesbie, lumière de mon âme
Track 43 on CDA67257 [1'44] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA67257 track 41

La boule de neige
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-02-25741
Duration
1'31
Recording date
13 November 2000
Recording venue
Champs Hill, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Durey: Songs (CDA67257)
    Disc 1 Track 41
    Release date: May 2002
    Deletion date: October 2010
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