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Noël des jouets

First line:
Le troupeau verni des moutons
author of text

A playful Ravel is evident in Noël des jouets (1905), in which he made his debut as author. Each of the five verses has its topic: the sheep in the toy crib, the Virgin Mary in her crinoline (echoes of Massenet), the sinister dog Beelzebub lurking (low, Musorgskian major seconds) to eat up Jesus who is made of coloured sugar, and the final adoration.

from notes by Roger Nichols © 2009

Le Ravel enjoué se retrouve dans le Noël des jouets, écrit en 1905, où il fait ses débuts d’auteur. Chacune des cinq strophes a son sujet: les moutons dans la crèche miniature, la Vierge Marie dans sa crinoline (échos de Massenet), le sombre chien Belzébuth tapi (grave, secondes majeures moussorgskiennes) pour dévorer l’enfant Jésus qui est fait de sucre peint, et l’adoration finale.

extrait des notes rédigées par Roger Nichols © 2009
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Die spielerische Seite Ravels wird in Noël des jouets von 1905 deutlich, mit dem er sein schriftstellerisches Debüt machte. Jeder dieser fünf Verse hat ein bestimmtes Thema: die Schafe in der Spielzeugkrippe, die Jungfrau Maria in ihrem Reifrock (Anklänge an Massenet), der sinistre, sich herumtreibende Hund Beelzebub (tiefe, an Mussorgsky erinnernde große Sekunden), der das aus farbigem Zucker gemachte Jesuskind auffressen will und zu guter Letzt die Anbetung.

aus dem Begleittext von Roger Nichols © 2009
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel


Ravel: Songs


Track 17 on CDA67728 [3'15]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67728 track 17

Recording date
13 July 2008
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Ravel: Songs (CDA67728)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: June 2009
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