Ariettes oubliées

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Ariettes oubliées
Song cycle by Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy, portrait by Marcel Baschet (1884).jpg
The composer in 1884, portrayed by Marcel Baschet
English Forgotten Songs
Catalogue L. 60
Text poems by Paul Verlaine
Language French
Composed 1885–87
Dedication Mary Garden
Performed March 1887 (1887-03)
Movements six
Scoring
  • voice
  • piano

Ariettes oubliées (Forgotten Songs) is a song cycle for voice and piano, L. 60 by Claude Debussy, based on poems by Paul Verlaine. The six ariettes were composed mostly in Rome in 1886. The first two were completed in Paris in March 1887. They are dedicated to the singer Mary Garden who also sang Mélisande. The poetry of Paul Verlaine had a more profound influence on Claude Debussy's music than did Debussy's closest literary or musical acquaintances.[1]

Debussy and Verlaine were both inspired by subtlety and nuance. Each man sought to innovate by using rhythm and tone color as the basis for a new form of a pre-existing art. In the Ariettes oubliées, subtlety, nuance, rhythm and tone color (timbre) converged to create a mature compositional style for Debussy, which, in turn, gave a heightened level of understanding to Verlaine's poetry.[2] This collection of songs set the tone for all of Debussy's future vocal compositions in terms of rhythm, harmony, tone, color and attention to poetic detail.[3]

Songs[edit]

  1. "Le vent dans la plaine": C'est l'extase langoureuse
  2. "Il pleut doucement sur la ville": Il pleure dans mon cœur comme il pleut sur la ville
  3. "L'ombre des arbres": L'ombre des arbres dans la rivière embrumée
  4. "Paysages belges. Chevaux de bois": Tournez, tournez, bons chevaux de bois
  5. "Aquarelles I. Green": Voici des fruits, des fleurs, des feuilles
  6. "Aquarelles II. Spleen": Les roses étaient toutes rouges

Duration play: c.16 minutes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wenk, Arthur B., Claude Debussy and the Poets, (Berkeley: University of California Press, c. 1976), 130. (Retrieved: 10 July 2013)
  2. ^ Wintle, Catherine., Ariettes oubliées: A marriage of music and poetry (2002)., Historical musicology (Western music)., Ann Arbor, MI., Accession N.2002-014777-dd (Retrieved: 4 December 2010)
  3. ^ Pehlivanian, Elisabeth Zachary., Ariettes oubliées: A sonorous symbolism., California State University, Long Beach. 1993 (Retrieved: 10 December 2010)

Bibliography[edit]

  • Chłopicka, Regina., Claude Debussy: C'est l'extase langoureuse do słów P. Verlaine'a (1887)., Kraków: Akademia Muzyczna w Krakowie. 1989
  • Rolf, Marie., Des Ariettes (1888) aux Ariettes oubliées (1903)., Des Ariettes (1888) aux Ariettes oubliées (1903) (1992). NY: William Morrow
  • Fischer, Kurt von., Bemerkungen zu den zwei Ausgaben von Debussys Ariettes oubliees., Mainz, Germany: Schott. 1971
  • Pehlivanian, Elisabeth Zachary., Ariettes oubliées: A sonorous symbolism., California State University, Long Beach. 1993
  • Wintle, Anne Catherine., Ariettes oubliées: A marriage of music and poetry., Santa Barbara. 2002

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