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||Au Coin du Feu
||Autumnal Fancies / Badineries Automnales
||Besset, Julian Raoul
- Kindling Failures / Allumages Défaillants
- Damp Wood / Bois Humide
- Cold Draughts / Vents Coulis
- Smoke Spillage / Refoulements
- Sudden Sparks / Pétillements
- Hot Draughts / Frissons et Boissons Chaudes
- Licking Flames / Flammèches
- Peaceful Fairy Tale / Conte Paisible
- Disturbing Fairy Tale / Conte Troublant
- Limping Lullaby / Berceuse Claudiquante
- Dozing / Somnolences
- Deep Slumber / Sommeil Profond
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.
||For my wife
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period
A rather unplanned composition for the piano after a series of works for the organ, dedicated to the composer's wife who complained she was hearing nothing for the instrument she played, the piano. At the outset, this work was supposed to be in the "easy" category, in order for her to come to grips with her husband's peculiar style. It started easily enough, but then complexified, the composer discovering, aghast, he was quite unable to control things the way he should have. The pieces are short, less difficult - initially - than most of the composer's other creations, but no, they are not really easy, so that the composer's incapacity to write one day a really "elementary" composition is a stumbling block. The cover picture depicts the hearth in the music room of the composer's family country residence. The lintel has a rather strange carving that has been described as "evil" (an inverted heart shape) by the composer's second son, who is into such things, so that he felt it necessary, unnecessarily according to his father, to flank the sculpture with two healing designs. The shortening days and seasonal changes were used as cover ups for the humorous titles of these twelve pieces which actually describe nothing in particular, even though once a title had been devised, the music may have been slightly reoriented.