Academic journal article Journal of Singing

"Nuits"

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

"Nuits"

Article excerpt

Marguerite Duras (1914-1996) was one of the most celebrated French writers of the twentieth century, her output including novels, plays, and screenplays. The text for this song comes from her most famous work, an autobiographic novel L'amant, written in 1984 at the age of seventy. In it she recalls her experiences growing up in Indochina, where she was born the daughter of two teachers from France who worked in Vietnam. This paragraph is a beautiful description of the writer's memory of nights in Vietnam in which the air seemed to be a deep blue, transparent light, silent and still. The only sound was the baying of the country dogs, answering one another from village to village "until the time and space of the night were utterly consumed."

The first part of the text is narrative and set as a waltz song in the minor mode. The music changes from waltz time to 4/4 and sets up the descriptive part of the text with a descending sixteenth-note pattern high on the keyboard. …

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