Gabriel Fauré: Dans les ruines d'une abbaye: Mixed Choir: Vocal Score
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Op. 2 no. 1-The exuberant amorousness of a newly-wed couple pulsates in every note of Gabriel Fauré s Dans les ruines d une abbaye (In the ruins of an abbey). In this piece the reverent silence of prayer no longer prevails but within the venerable walls 'various shouts of joy' and 'sparkling laughter' are now heard. The old graves have long been overgrown by stinging nettles and a new dawn of spring and of love fills the air. Napoleonic post-revolutionary France which drove the author of the poem Victor Hugo into exile is also building a new world on the ruins of olden days. Although the setting by the composer 40 years younger than the poet uses the romanticized backdrop of the oldabbey with its 6/8-meter it reflects the uninhibited happiness of the two lovers who do not look back. These art songs were originally composed not for chamber choir but for solo voice and piano. Denis Rouger has carefully adapted them to suit the requirements and expressive possibilities offered by a larger ensemble without losing the any of the qualities of the original in the process. Each part in the choir has a melodic line drawn from the harmonic and rhythmic framework. In the process the variety and refinement of the choral language combines with an enormous flexibility in form and expression as French melodies or German art song demand from a soloist and pianist. The songs have been recorded by the figure humaine chamber choir on the CD 'Kennst du das Land ...' (Carus 83.495).
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