Chantefleurs Et Chantefables
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Chantefleurs Et Chantefables

Chantefleurs et Chantefables is a song cycle for soprano and orchestra set to the poems of Robert Desnos by the Polish composer Witold Lutos?awski. The work was composed from 1989 to 1991 and was first performed at The Proms by the soprano Solveig Kringlebotn and the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the composer on August 8, 1991.[1] The piece is Lutos?awski's second composition set to the poetry of Robert Desnos, following 1975's Les Espaces du sommeil.[2][3]



Chantefleurs et Chantefables has a duration of approximately 16 minutes and is composed in nine movements:[1]

  1. La Belle-de-Nuit
  2. La Sauterelle
  3. La Véronique
  4. L'Eglantine, l'aubépine et la glycine
  5. La Tortue
  6. La Rose
  7. L'Alligator
  8. L'Angélique
  9. Le Papillon


The work is scored for solo soprano and a small orchestra consisting of flute, oboe, clarinet (doubling bass clarinet and E-flat clarinet), bassoon (doubling contrabassoon), trumpet, horn, trombone, percussion, timpani, harp, piano (doubling celesta), and strings.[1]


Chantefleurs et Chantefables has been praised by music critics. Andrew Clements of The Guardian described the composition as "a series of tiny epigrammatic settings inhabiting a child-like surrealist world, which Lutos?awski illuminates with wonderful precision."[4] Keith Potter of BBC Music Magazine compared the piece to Lutos?awski's Chain 1, observing that they are "so exquisite that they verge on the precious."[5] The composer Russell Platt similarly described it as "one of the most gracious and affecting works of Lutos?awski's last years."[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Lutos?awski, Witold (1990). "Chantefleurs et Chantefables". G. Schirmer Inc. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ Lutos?awski, Witold (1975). "Les Espaces du sommeil". G. Schirmer Inc. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ a b Platt, Russell (2005). Woodstra, Chris; Brennan, Gerald; Schrott, Allen, eds. All Music Guide to Classical Music: The Definitive Guide to Classical Music. Backbeat Books. p. 775. ISBN 0879308656.
  4. ^ Clements, Andrew (1 September 2011). "Lutos?awski: Chantefleurs et Chantefables; Les Espaces du Sommeil; Paroles Tissées, etc - review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ Potter, Keith (20 January 2012). "Lutoslawski: Chantefleurs et chantefables; Chain 1; Preludes and Fugue; Five Songs". BBC Music Magazine. Retrieved 2016.

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