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The celebrated poem is from Victor Hugo’s Les rayons et les ombres (1840), the source of five or six further mélodies of note in the French song repertoire. The first setting of Oh! quand je dors by Liszt (1842) has remained the most famous with some justification. Lalo’s setting is also fine, and that of Bizet worth a performance if one can find the music. Pessard is clearly not a composer in this league, but he has constructed a perfect pastiche of the most successful Italian song composer of the age—Paolo Tosti. And for a poem that invokes Petrarch and his Laura it is understandable that Pessard had an Italian canzone in mind.