La bonne chanson, op. 61 (for high voice)

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Composer: Fauré, Gabriel
Voice type(s): Soprano, Tenor
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Gabriel Fauré’s La bonne chanson, op. 61, now available in a transposition for high voice. This score is raised one full tone from the original key.

Information from Wikipedia:

La bonne chanson is a song cycle of nine mélodies for voice and piano. The cycle is based on nine of the poems from the collection of the same name by Paul Verlaine. Much of the cycle was composed in the summers of 1892 and 1893 while Fauré was staying in Bougival, as the guest of the banker Sigismond Bardac and his wife, the soprano Emma Bardac. Fauré was in love with her (although she later married Claude Debussy). Fauré wrote later that the cycle was his most spontaneous creation, with Bardac singing the newly composed material for him each day. The final song, “L’hiver a cessé”, was completed in February 1894, and the cycle was published by Hamelle that year, with a dedication to Emma Bardac.

Fauré set the following Verlaine texts:

  1. Une sainte en son auréole
  2. Puisque l’aube grandit
  3. La lune blanche luit dans les bois
  4. J’allais par des chemins perfides
  5. J’ai presque peur, en vérité
  6. Avant que tu ne t’en ailles
  7. Donc, ce sera par un clair jour d’été
  8. N’est-ce pas?
  9. L’hiver a cessé

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