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While Louis Vierne is best known for his organ works, his mélodies form a unique part of his oeuvre, reflecting not only his own tragic life but his reaction to the world around him in all its beauty and pain.
His vocal compositions can be both lyrical and anguished, deliberately contrasting moments of startling simplicity and elemental fury.
Based on the four seasons of the Napoleonic calendar – Floréal, Thermidor, Brumaire and Nivôse, Le poème de l’amour depicts human futility against the relentless force of nature, yet does so with music of great beauty.
In Psyché and Ballade du désespéré the artist searches for the meaning of life; in the former l'amour (love), in the latter la mort (death).
Louis Vierne: Poemes de l'amour, Op. 48
I. Floreal: Le Jour ou je vous vis
I. Floreal: Au jardin de mon coeur
I. Floreal: La Bateau rose
II. Thermidor: Donne-moi tes baisers
II. Thermidor: Le Tresor
II. Thermidor: Rondeaux mignons
II. Thermidor: Abdication
III. Brumaire: Sonnet d'automne
III. Brumaire: Les Sorcieres
III. Brumaire: Air retrouve
III. Brumaire: Le Bateau noir
IV. Nivose: Jour d'hiver
IV. Nivose: Souvenir
IV. Nivose: Angoisse
IV. Nivose: Sombres plaisirs
Louis Vierne: Psyche, Op. 33 (version for baritone and piano)
Psyche, Op. 33 (version for baritone and piano)
Louis Vierne: La ballade du desespere, Op. 61 (version for baritone and piano)
La ballade du desespere, Op. 61 (version for baritone and piano)