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Flots, palmes, sables, L68

First line:
Loin des yeux du monde
2 June 1882
author of text
from Les nuits persanes

Flots, palmes, sables is a setting for the unusual accompaniment of piano and harp, made on 2 June 1882 from one of Les nuits persanes by Armand Renaud. Here the composer enjoys himself with vaguely Middle Eastern melismata on the lines of those in Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila (though Debussy would not have had a chance to hear this opera until 1890).

from notes by Roger Nichols © 2018

On peut en dire autant de Flots, palmes, sables, dont l’accompagnement réunit, chose inhabituelle, un piano et une harpe; cette mélodie fut écrite le 2 juin 1882 sur l’une des Nuits persanes d’Armand Renaud. Ici, le compositeur s’amuse avec des mélismes vaguement moyen-orientaux dans le genre de ceux que l’on trouve dans Samson et Dalila de Saint-Saëns (mais Debussy n’eut pas l’occasion d’entendre cet opéra avant 1890).

extrait des notes rédigées par Roger Nichols © 2018
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Flots, palmes, sables ist eine Vertonung mit der ungewöhnlichen Begleitkombination von Klavier und Harfe, welche am 2. Juni 1882 zu einer der Nuits persanes von Armand Renaud entstand. Hier genießt der Komponist entfernt orientalisch anmutende Melismen in der gleichen Art wie sie in Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila anzutreffen sind (obwohl Debussy diese Oper nicht vor 1890 gehört haben kann).aus dem Begleittext von Roger Nichols © 2018
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel


Debussy: Songs, Vol. 4
Studio Master: CDA68075Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 16 on CDA68075 [4'39]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68075 track 16

Recording date
1 November 2013
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. Debussy: Songs, Vol. 4 (CDA68075)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: February 2018
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