Trois Chansons de Charles d'Orlans - Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)


The Trois chansons by Claude Debussy are from a 1908 collection, although two of the three works were written earlier.  The works connect the styles of the past with the harmonic techniques of the time; the texts are by Charles d'Orlans, prince and poet, who was imprisoned in England after the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.  The works are not thematically related. Dieu! qu'il la fait is a shimmering love song; in Quant j'ai ouy a languorous melody for soloist meanders above quick percussive-like vocal accompaniment, and the energetic Yver scolds winter for its cruelty.


 Samir Savant



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