Beaux papillons blancs (Vierne, Louis)

Sheet Music


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David Campbell (2013/10/14)

Publisher. Info. Paris: E. Fromont, n.d. Plate E. 1550 F.
Misc. Notes BNF scans reworked by uploader .
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General Information

Work Title Beaux papillons blancs
Alternative. Title
Composer Vierne, Louis
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. ILV 4
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1896?
First Publication. 1898 or earlier
Librettist Théophile Gautier (1811-1872)
Language French
Dedication A Madame Marthe Crabos
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voice, piano (or voice, orchestra)

Misc. Comments

A WorldCat entry from Bibliothèque nationale de France lists this as having an opus number 11 and being for voice and orchestra. Grove Music lists op.11 as 3 mélodies for voice and piano, so it is likely that this was orchestrated at some point. Since there is no evidence of an arranger at either BNF or Grove, it seems that Vierne himself did the orchestration. It has therefore been tagged for both versions.

I wonder what Smith (author of "Louis Vierne: Organist of Notre-Dame Cathedral") says (might say in the Google Preview or I may be able to find the book in full).. anyway the other two songs of Op.11 are Donc ce sera pour un clair soir d ’été (Verlaine) and Qu’as-tu fait de ta jeunesse? (Verlaine) (all three composed 1896 acc. to Wikipedia:nl ; nos. 2 and 3 were performed in May 1898, according to Smith (p.650.)) They are listed as a unit at Vierne Catalogue mélodies (French).

Publication noted in the Bibliographie de la France 2e série, 87e année, Nº 41, 8 Octobre 1898, p.760, reg.4917. (first? edition.)