Beau soir

Music by Claude Debussy
Poem by Paul Borget

NYSSMA Level 5

Beau soir is one of Debussy's very early songs, written when he was still a teenager.  Musically it sets a dream like, enchanted sound and the text paints rich images.  

This holds several demands for a beginning singer in that it has an range of about an octave and a half, requiring a good projection of high and low notes, it has several sustained notes, and can be rhythmically tricky for the singer to get at first.

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Translation from Wikipedia Page

When streams turn pink in the setting sun,
And a slight shudder rushes through the wheat fields,
A plea for happiness seems to rise out of all things
And it climbs up towards the troubled heart.
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.

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