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Miroirs brûlants, FP98

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Nous sommes and Vertueux solitaire, from Mesures, published 15 July 1938

Poulenc found the texts for both these songs in Mesures, a review published in a yellow paperback, and dated 15 July 1938. The composer picked it up from the bookshop below his apartment in the Rue de Médicis before embarking on a train journey to Nevers. From there Bernac met him in a car and they drove together to Anost, a town to the west of the Côte d’Or in Burgundy, nestling in the mountains of the Morvan, where Poulenc found he could work with ‘lightness and oxygen’ in the summer break. Four new Éluard poems were printed in Mesures (pp 89–92), the first and the last of which (entitled Nous sommes and Vertueux solitaire) became the Miroirs brûlants—a title later supplied by Éluard. Poulenc was astounded that the sunset described in the poem was exactly that to be seen from his room in Anost.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2013

Tu vois le feu du soir, coulé dans la forme litanie chère à Éluard, est un autre chant d’amour, un hymne de louange traduit en un rythme doux, aussi immuable que la dévotion du poète. Cette musique dévoile la facette fortement idéaliste de Poulenc: il n’y a pas de place, dans ces mises en musique éluardiennes, pour un caprice désinvolte.

extrait des notes rédigées par Graham Johnson © 1985
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No 1: Tu vois le feu du soir
Track 15 on CDA68021/4 CD2 [4'27] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 19 on CDH55366 [4'15]
Track 13 on SIGCD272 [4'14] Download only
No 2: Je nommerai ton front
Track 16 on CDA68021/4 CD2 [1'19] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 14 on SIGCD272 [1'15] Download only

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