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Jules Massenet

Jules Massenet Composer

Ouvre tes yeux bleus, for voice and piano (from 'Mélodies, Vol.3')

Performances: 3
Tracks: 3
  • Ouvre tes yeux bleus, for voice and piano (from 'Mélodies, Vol.3')
    Year: 1878-80
    Genre: Solo Song / Lied / Chanson
    Pr. Instrument: Voice
While dialogues in music for a solo singer were common in German Lieder, they were still relatively rare in French music and Schumann's influence is clear in the subtly humorous exaggerations in the accompaniment, swooning arpeggios as the young man sings to his beloved of the beauty of nature and the imitating of an eagerly beating heart as she responds that love is even more charming to contemplate. Despite this very discreet humor, the sentiments are passionately expressed, particularly in the climax as the girl exclaims that the sun itself is in her heart, where both voice and accompaniment crescendo to a triumphant fortissimo.

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