Spleens et détresses, Op.38 (Vierne, Louis)



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David Campbell (2013/10/14)

Publisher. Info. Paris: Editions Maurice Senart, 1924. Plate E.M.S. 6429
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Work Title Spleens et détresses
Alternative. Title Dix poèmes pour chant et piano
Name Translations 憂鬱と苦しみ
Authorities WorldCat; VIAF: 183260958; BNF: 14066494p
Composer Vierne, Louis
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.38
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. ILV 35
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 10 pieces
1. Dans l'interminable ennui de la plaine
2. Un grand sommeil noir
3. Spleen
4. Promenade sentimentale
5. A une femme
6. Sérénade
7. Le son du cor
8. Sapho
9. Les faux beaux jours
10. Marine
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1917
First Publication. 1924
Librettist Paul Verlaine (1844-1896)
Language French
Dedication à Madame la Comtesse du Boisrouvray
Average DurationAvg. Duration 30-35 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voice with piano accompaniment
External Links The Lied, Art Song, and Choral Texts Archive

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9 of the 10 exist (not no.5) orchestrated (in the hand of Madeleine Mallet-Richepin- who is said in some sources to have been Vierne's amanuensis*) in manuscript as "Spleens et détresses. 9 mélodies pour Chant et Orchestre. Poèmes de Paul Verlaine. Musique de Louis Vierne."

Oddly, Op.38 also applies to a set of 12 préludes (the set we have as Op.36; Worldcat lists this as Op.38, pub.1921-1924 or 1921.)

*remember that Vierne was born blind or at least with much-reduced sight.