This set of three songs for female voice and piano, composed by Claude Debussy, was published in 1897 with a dedication to the writer André Gide. The texts were based on prose poems by Pierre Louÿs from a collection titled Les Chansons de Bilitis. Notable for their sensuality and beguiling mild eroticism, the three songs were first performed in public by singer Blanche Marot at a Société Nationale de Musique concert on March 17, 1900, with Debussy at the piano.
Join us on Saturday, September 8 for the first concert in our 2018-2019 season. Chengcheng Yao, who performed a solo recital here last January, returns with Baltimore pianist Stefan Chaplikov to present works for pianoforte a quattro mani by Mozart, Schumann, Debussy, and Ravel.