The Trois Chansons by Claude Debussy are from a 1908 collection, although two of the three works were written earlier. The works connect the styles of the past with the harmonic techniques of the time; the texts are by Charles d'Orléans, prince and poet, who was imprisoned in England after the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. The works are not thematically related. Dieu! qu'il la fait is a shimmering love song; in Quant j'ai ouy a languorous melody for soloist meanders above quick percussive-like vocal accompaniment, and the energetic Yver scolds winter for its cruelty. (Program notes used by permission; Samir Savant, Chairman, Pagasus www.pegasusmusic.org.uk )
I have set these three movements for winds. This is due partly at the request of a forum visitor to my earlier post of the Quant j'ai ouy movement and being able to find the other two songs. All entry and playback is through Finale 2006 using only GPO instruments and Garritan Ambience.
I. Dieu! qu'il la fait bon regarder - quartet of English Horn, Oboe, French Horn and Bassoon
II. Quant j'ai ouy tabourin - septet of English Horn, three Bb Clarinets, Bass Clarinet and two Bassoons
III. Yver, vous n'estes qu'un villain - quintet of Oboe, English Horn, French Horn and two Bassoons