This page lists all sheet music of La blanche neige (No. 1 from Sept Chansons) by Francis Poulenc (). La Blanche Neige (SSAATTBB a cappella). Poulenc, Francis; Sept Chansons ( Seven Songs): 1. La Blanche Neige $ Cdn Perusal copy in ( wks to order . Translations of 7 chansons. – La blanche neige. The White Snow -. FRENCH: Translations of text. ENGLISH: Translations of text. GERMAN: Translations of text.

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An exception to the fame bestowed upon their collaborations, however, has been the little-known six-voice chamber cantata Un soir de neige “Night of Snow”. That the days were December, however, gives one pause. Even days after the Battle of the Bulge had effectively ended the German threat, and during a holiday that had particular significance to Poulenc following his rediscovery of his Catholic faith, he was peculiarly inspired by these poems whose journey brutally juxtaposes the beauty of nature with cold and death.

In this sense the cycle resembles Schubert ‘s Winterreise, and the musical settings in some sense are also a look back to earlier styles, with their relatively simple forms and occasional passage reminiscent of Renaissance polyphony.


Yet in spite of these there can be no doubt that both text and music are creations of the mid-twentieth century.

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Alto, tenor, and bass then comment on the orderliness of nature, but the entire chorus contrasts this with the incongruous presence of the wanderer, over a series of disparate chords that at the same time mark a return to the opening melody, a modified AABA form, characteristic of Poulenc and of this set. The second movement, “La bonne neige” The lovely snowalso engages in text painting, as alto and tenor weave around a soprano drone like snow through the branches.

The B section provides a welcome warm contrast over a bass pedal, but the return of the A section in part proves this to be fleeting. Its B section has a lovely, jagged line sung by the lower two voices which belies the text about drowning.

The final movement, “La nuit le froid la solitude” Night of chill and isolationstands out not only for its extended chromaticism, but also for its AAB form.


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The lack of a return seals the bleak mood of the composition. Un soir de neige is scored for a mixed chorus of six parts, and could very well be performed by six solo voices. Though overlooked, it is a fine representation of Poulenc ‘s mature choral style.

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