Clair de lune, Op.13 (Indy, Vincent d')

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Publisher. Info. Paris: Bruneau & Cie, 1890. Plate B. et Cie. 528.
Misc. Notes Score indicates the work is for voice and orchestra, reduced here for voice and piano. However, the song was first composed for voice and piano in 1872. Whether this is the original version or a later revision based on the orchestration is unclear. (As with e.g. Liszt, a piano reduction of an orchestration is not unheard of.) Version in A major.
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General Information

Work Title Clair de lune
Alternative. Title Étude dramatique pour chant et orchestre
Composer Indy, Vincent d'
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.13
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IVI 12
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1872
First Publication. 1890
Librettist Victor Hugo (1802-1885) (from Les Orientales)
Language French
Dedication A Madame Marie Hellman
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation High voice, Piano or Orchestra
Primary Sources Orchestration mss (finished December 1880, premiered 1881)
1872 July 1, voice and piano (no opus number)

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  • Orchestrated by the composer in 1880 ("refait en 1880").
  • The "Étude dramatique" subtitle seems to be specific to the orchestration, and probably not on the original voice/piano version.
    • However, it originates with the composer and so is relevant to the tags. More specific tags are generally to be preferred in any case. BNF gives no publication earlier than 1890, and suggests that the original opus-number-less voice and piano version of 1872 stayed in manuscript (except to the extent that it's reflected in this vocal score). The parts and full score for this voice and orchestra version (which may btw differ in other ways besides orchestration- revision or complete recomposition? One would need to compare the 1872 and 1880 scores) are in manuscript at BNF.