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RC 83 Clair de lune (“Votre âme est un paysage choisi”)

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Paul Verlaine, Fêtes galantes. Nouvelle édition (Paris: Vanier 1891), 5

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  • Cinq mélodies pour chant et orchestre Noske, A.A. 23817792

  • Clair de lune (“Votre âme est un paysage choisi”)
  • Verlaine, Paul
  • soprano and orchestra
  • 1907-11-02 00:00:00.0 - 1907-11-09 00:00:00.0
  • duration 3:45

Diepenbrock composed Clair de lune (Moonshine, RC 43) in September 1898, inspired by Fauré’s beautiful setting and the suggestive power of the poem. In November 1907 he orchestrated this song, which was for a time the last in a series of works on texts by his favourite poets Verlaine and Baudelaire. …more >

Clair de lune (incipit)


Diepenbrock composed Clair de lune (Moonshine, RC 43) in September 1898, inspired by Fauré’s beautiful setting and the suggestive power of the poem. In November 1907 he orchestrated this song, which was for a time the last in a series of works on texts by his favourite poets Verlaine and Baudelaire.

Compared to the orchestral versions of Recueillement (Contemplation, RC 79/80), Les chats (The Cats, RC 68/81) and Écoutez la chanson bien douce (Hear the Sweetest Song, RC 40/82), Diepenbrock used considerably more woodwinds in Clair de lune, including a third flute (also piccolo), two clarinets and a bass clarinet and not only an oboe, but also an oboe d’amore and an English horn. For the melody of the opening measures Diepenbrock combined the oboe with the English horn and the bass clarinet (both playing an octave lower), thus creating a melancholic blend of timbres right from the start. Like in the other songs on texts by Verlaine and Baudelaire, the string ensemble does not include any double basses. The orchestrated version of this song was not performed during Diepenbrock’s lifetime.

Ton Braas



Clair de lune

Votre âme est un paysage choisi
Que vont charmant masques et bergamasques
Jouant du luth et dansant et quasi
Tristes sous leurs déguisements fantasques.

Tout en chantant sur le mode mineur
L'amour vainqueur et la vie opportune,
Ils n'ont pas l'air de croire à leur bonheur
Et leur chanson se mêle au clair de lune,

Au calme clair de lune triste et beau,
Qui fait rêver les oiseaux dans les arbres
Et sangloter d'extase les jets d'eau,
Les grands jets d'eau sveltes parmi les marbres.

 

Moonlight

Your soul is like a landscape fantasy,
Where masks and Bergamasks, in charming wise,
Strum lutes and dance, just a bit sad to be
Hidden beneath their fanciful disguise.

Singing in minor mode of life's largesse
And all-victorious love, they yet seem quite
Reluctant to believe their happiness,
And their song mingles with the pale moonlight,

The calm, pale moonlight, whose sad beauty, beaming,
Sets the birds softly dreaming in the trees,
And makes the marbled fountains, gushing, streaming –
Slender jet-fountains – sob their ecstasies.

(transl. Norman R. Shapiro)

 


 


  • A-61(4) Clair de lune

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    A-61(4) with dedication A Madme Alida Lütkemann on the title page, and dated on the last page gecomp. Octob. 1898. 2-9 Nov. 1907 geïnstr.

    • 1907-11-02 00:00:00.0 – 1907-11-09 00:00:00.0
    • dedication: A Madme Alida Lütkemann
    • location: Diepenbrock Archief Laren
    • pages: 11

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    Anniversary Edition 3

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    Residentie Orkest ♦ Vonk, Hans ♦ Bije, Annette de la ♦ Defraiteur, Renée ♦ Devos, Lode ♦ Hombert, Christoph ♦ Kruysen, Bernard ♦ Omroeporkest ♦ Radio Philharmonisch Orkest ♦ Promenade Orkest ♦ Berg, Maurits van den ♦ Otterloo, Willem van ♦ Silberman, Benedict

    Tracks: 1 = RC 84; 2 = RC 75; 3 = RC 92; 4 = RC 81; 5 = RC 80; 6 = RC 130; 7 = RC 59; 8 = RC 73; 9 = RC 60; 10 = RC 82; 11 = RC 83; 12 = RC 58

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