Fenrikora The Art of Roland Hayes. Music for Oboe and Harp. Jazz Latin New Age. Songs by Claude Debussy. Work Title Beau soir Alt ernative. Les Introuvables de Nicolai Gedda.
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Where the rivulets are rosy in the setting sun, And a mild tremor runs over the wheat fields, An exhortation to be happy seems to emanate from things And rises towards the troubled heart. An exhortation to enjoy the charm of being alive While one is young and the evening is beautiful, For we are going on, as this stream goes on: The stream to the sea, we to the grave. Advice to taste the charm of being in the world While one is young and the evening is beautiful, For we are going away, as this stream goes away: The stream to the sea, we to the grave.
A plea to relish the charm of life While there is youth and the evening is fair, For we pass away, as the wave passes: The wave to the sea, we to the grave. A plea to relish the charm of life While there is youth and the evening is fair, For we shall go away, like water that is flowing: Into the sea, we to the tomb.
The poem paints the picture of a beautiful evening where the rivers are turned rose-colored by the sunset and the wheat fields are moved by a warm breeze. Debussy uses a gently flowing triplet rhythm in the accompaniment, which contrasts the duplets that drive the light melody. The piano and voice partner to create the sensation of peace that one might feel in the evening in nature, fitting the post-Romantic style. As any evening fades, however, so does the mood of the piece, and the song modulates from E major to F-sharp minor.
The piece reaches its climax when the melody reaches a high F-sharp, paired with the word "beau". The combination of the text and melody powerfully depicts the beauty of the sun.
Beau soir (Debussy, Claude)