3 Mélodies (Rabaud, Henri)

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Schissel (2019/2/3)

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Publisher. Info. Holograph manuscript, n.d.(ca.1909). ?
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General Information

Work Title 3 Mélodies
Alternative. Title Trois mélodies pour une voix et orchestre
Composer Rabaud, Henri
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IHR 10
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 mélodies:
  1. Instant
  2. Reliques
  3. Les yeux
Text Incipit see below:
  1. Une étoile fleurit
  2. Elle ne viendra plus (in voice/piano version)
  3. Voyons si ce sont bien tes yeux
First Publication. 1909 (voice/piano version) (Heugel)
Librettist see below:
  1. Fernand Gregh
  2. André Rivoire
  3. Henry Bataille (1872-1922)
Language French
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voice
Orchestra: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns,
timpani (only in Les Yeux), harp (only in Les Yeux), strings
External Links Image of opening page of "Instant" (in voice-piano version)

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In "Reliques", the text has been left out entirely- either this was intended to be a vocalise or the composer forgot to write the words in. In "Les yeux" the text is in the autograph though as often, difficult to decipher. The text author is not specified. Manuscript of "Instant" has not been as yet (2019) made available online so its orchestration, if different from the above, can only be guessed at.

However!!, a voice/piano reduction of Reliques was published in 1909 with the librettist specified as André Rivoire. It's clear from ebay that the opening is exactly the same... Indeed, the whole set of Trois mélodies was ©1909 at the US copyright office in voice/piano form in 1909. (No.2 receives registration # 20221 in the Catalogue of Copyright Entries, LoC USA 1909. Les yeux gets #20681 , etc.)

Instant can only be consulted @ BNF onsite.

Unclear without more information whether the orchestral versions precede or postdate the voice/piano published versions, or when they were written (perhaps the first versions were written well before the publication date of 1909)- so serious guessing is alas involved here. Of course, just because the autographs don't have a date does not mean other sources might not exist to approximate the date of a work or a manuscript of it.