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Envoi de fleurs
First line:
Si l'on veut savoir qui m'envoie
composer
1865
author of text

Recordings
'Gounod: Songs' (CDA66801/2)
Gounod: Songs
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Track 9 on CDA66801/2 CD1 [2'16] 2CDs Please, someone, buy me …

Envoi de fleurs
The poem for Envoi de fleurs is by Émile Augier who was a celebrated playwright and the librettist of Gounod’s first opera Sapho. The piano introduction is to be played somewhat faster than the vocal refrain and this gives an impression of an old-fashioned chanson with interludes rather than an organic mélodie. There is a hint of the calculatedly charming naughty-cum-innocent little girl in this song—the elongations of words and the pauses in the middle of phrases (the prosody is cleverly worked out) suggest the pout of a temptress. In any case the song would not be out of place on the operetta stage. It is dedicated to ‘mon ami et confrère Ambroise Thomas’.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1993

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