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Marquise, vous souvenez-vous?

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Menuet from 'Le Cahier rouge'

This is one of the many pastiche songs of former times that almost every composer of the mélodie has written at some time or another, including Ravel in his Marot settings, and Poulenc in his À sa guitare and Priez pour paix. This is an early (1869) essay in minuet music from the times of Louis XV—the sort of thing that Massenet also did well, although this song predates Manon by nearly twenty years. The accompaniment here is scrupulously kept in three parts as if it were conceived for a small group of instrumentalists providing background music for a fête champêtre.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1997


Saint-Saëns: Songs


Track 16 on CDA66856 [2'09]

Track-specific metadata for CDA66856 track 16

Recording date
6 January 1996
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Arthur Johnson
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Saint-Saëns: Songs (CDA66856)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: January 1997
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