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Variations concertantes sur le nom de Paul Verlaine pour basson et orchestre: "Tout en chantant sur le mode mineur"

(Concert Variations on the Name of Paul Verlaine for Bassoon and Orchestra: "While Singing in the Minor Mode")

"Tout en chantant sur le mode mineur / L'amour vainqueur et la vie opportune, / Ils n'ont pas l'air de croire à leur bonheur / Et leur chanson se mêle au clair de lune...." ("While singing in the minor mode / of conquering love and the good life, / They don't seem to believe in their happiness / And their song mingles with moonlight...."

Bien que les notes données suggèrent un ton majeur, j'ai choisi un mode mineur (dorien), comme le demande le titre, pour essayer de recréer l'humeur aigre-douce de la poésie.

Though the given notes suggest a major key signature, I chose a minor mode (Dorian), as the title demands, to try to recreate the bitter-sweet mood of the poem.

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