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Regrets!

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Jours passés
composer
based on a motif from 'La source, ou Naila'
author of text

 
Early in his career Delibes collaborated with the ballet composer Minkus on La source, ou Naila; he uses one of the themes of that work as the basis of this song. It is written in the soulful manner of the old French romance—in the triplet-accompanied rondo theme one is reminded somehow of Martini’s Plaisir d’amour. After a rather portentous introduction of which Liszt might have been proud, we are introduced to the song’s main theme in F sharp minor. The gently rocking tune (in D major) for ‘Ô printemps sans retour!’ has the lilt of ballet music which prophesies Tchaikovsky (who admired Delibes enormously). The song’s rippling middle section in G flat major (from ‘Bien loin tu t’es enfuie’) has the seraphic quality we hear at the end of Fauré’s almost contemporary Chant d’automne. The F sharp minor theme returns and softens into a musing coda in the tonic major. This is a difficult song; its vocal challenges take the music almost into operatic territory.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2006
English: Richard Stokes

Recordings

L'invitation au voyage – Mélodies from La belle époque
CDA67523

Details

Track 4 on CDA67523 [4'58]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67523 track 4

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-06-52304
Duration
4'58
Recording date
4 August 2004
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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