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Inscriptions sur un oranger, Op 16

November 1918
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A continuation of Epigrammes and Pétrone in their extreme conciseness, these songs comment on two little poems of slightly bland romanticism by Evariste Parny.
The engraving of two names on the bark of a tree evokes the blossoming of a love that time unties: which the second song translates in the opposite motion (descending) of the accompaniment figure (ascending in the first).
The dedicatee of these songs is Mrs Louis Alvar, in whose house I stayed twice, in Littlehampton and London in 1921 and 1922.

(Louis Durey, from his Catalogue Commenté, translation by Isabelle Battioni)

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2002

Prolongement des Epigrammes et des Pétrone dans leur extrême brièveté, ces mélodies commentent deux petites poésies d’Evariste Parny, d’un romantisme un peu fade.
L’inscription de deux noms sur l’écorce d’un arbre y évoque l’éclosion d’un amour que le temps vient délier : ce qui est exprimé dans la seconde pièce par le mouvement contraire (descendant) de la figure d’accompagnement (ascendante dans la première).
La dédicataire de ces mélodies est Madame Louise Alvar, chez laquelle j’avais séjourné à deux reprises, à Littlehampton puis à Londres en 1921 et 1922.

(Louis Durey: in Catalogue Commenté, 1962)

extrait des notes rédigées par Graham Johnson © 2002
Français: Isabelle Battioni


Durey: Songs
CDA67257Archive Service


No 1: Oranger dont la voûte épaisse
Track 44 on CDA67257 [0'50] Archive Service
No 2: Bel arbre, pourquoi conserver ces deux noms
Track 45 on CDA67257 [0'58] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA67257 track 44

Oranger dont la voûte épaisse
Recording date
13 November 2000
Recording venue
Champs Hill, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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  1. Durey: Songs (CDA67257)
    Disc 1 Track 44
    Release date: May 2002
    Deletion date: October 2010
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