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An Aria A Day #149

‘Nuit d'étoiles’
by Claude Debussy
Piano Donna Balson

4th October, 2020

Joined on piano by Donna Balson for this performance of Debussy’s ‘Nuit d’étoiles’, Sydney-based soprano Annabelle Chaffey also sang the roles of Procne, Helen and Phaedra in our 2007 production of ‘The Love of The Nightingale’.

Debussy’s ‘Nuit d’étoiles’ (‘Starry Night’) dates from 1880 and sees the French composer match Banville’s ‘sereine mélancolie’ with slow moving harmonies, emphasising the 7th, 6th and 3rd notes of the major scale in a way adapted by Massenet soon after. This was Debussy’s first published composition, and the only one of his thirteen songs to poems by Banville that he published, giving credibility to the rumour that he was a perfectionist!

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