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12. Quatre mélodies françaises

12. Quatre mélodies françaises-Songs by Narcís Bonet-Music Schools and Conservatoires Advanced Level-Musicography-Musical Pedagogy-University Level

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Narcís Bonet


Music Schools and Conservatoires Advanced Level
Musical Pedagogy
University Level


Songs by Narcís Bonet Nr. 12




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We decided it was essential to make a video recording of all the songs in Catalan to allow the listener to follow the sheet music and song on the screen and to enable these compositions to be heard and enjoyed around the world. Various members of the Bonet family have participated, lending their voice to these poetic readings. We have grouped the pieces into different cycles following the organization Narcís Bonet himself used.


Quatre mélodies françaises. (Four Songs in French)

Based on three poems written in French by the Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), together with Sanctus, a poem by Paul-Marie Verlaine (1844-1896), make up this cycle.
Narcís Bonet was a fluent speaker and writer in French. He studied it at a very young age and further developed and enriched his use of the language through reading and the periods he spent studying in Paris with Nadia Boulanger from the age of sixteen onward. He always paid close attention to the sound of the words and had a special sensitivity for the language, different from that of native speakers. Rilke also shared this interest for the sound of the language and its words, and Narcís admired and was inspired by the brevity of these small poetic visions.
Narcís presented me with the song Ce soir mon coeur (Tonight My Heart) to celebrate my name day on 18 August 1993. For reasons of tonality and balance it is the first piece in the cycle although it was the last one to be completed.
The second song, La dormeuse (The Sleeper) written in 1989 is simply dedicated “to Hélène” as it was composed before we were married. It inspired me to produce a sculpture with the same name as a gift for my future husband.
The third song, Petite cascade (Small Waterfall), dedicated “to Hélène, my wife”, was the inspiration for a further three sculptures.
Sanctus was composed for a Verlaine poem, at the request of Arnaud and Sandrine Limal for the baptism of their child, Séverin, in Notre-Dame cathedral in 1995. I sang the piece with my husband, Narcís Bonet, accompanying me on the organ.

Hélène Bonet-Giraudier


Voice, Piano


1- Ce soir mon coeur
2- La dormeuse
3- Petite cascade
4- Sanctus

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21 x 29,7 cm, vertical


Paperback. Plastic-coated cover.

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