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Ne jamais la voir ni l'entendre
1882; in collaboration with his brother Lucien; No 18 of Vingt mélodies; à Jules Massenet
1882; in collaboration with his brother Paul; No 18 of Vingt mélodies; à Jules Massenet
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1869; Les solitudes
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1869; Les solitudes

The composers of this music are aware of the achievements of Liszt and Wagner who employed a new and daring harmonic vocabulary, far from the Schumannian example prized by Godard. As an indication that they were not entirely carried away with Wagnerian fervour the song is dedicated to Massenet. The poem is drawn from Les solitudes of Sully Prudhomme (1869). It was unforgettably set by Henri Duparc (the composer’s second song) shortly after the poem first appeared in print. It is inconceivable that the Hillemachers were unaware of Duparc’s music, but it was very much in the spirit of the times for rival composers to ‘have a go’ with an alternative version, despite a rival’s success. It took someone of the depth of Chabrier to suppress his own Invitation au voyage once he had heard the setting by his comrade Duparc.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2006
English: Richard Stokes


L'invitation au voyage – Mélodies from La belle époque


Track 15 on CDA67523 [3'31]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67523 track 15

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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