Paris reveals the same painstaking process of revision and search for a title that characterises a number of Delius's orchestral works. While the published score is a single-movement work with no accompanying textual content beyond the title, the sketches indicate that Delius initially envisaged two distinct movements entitled 'Scènes Parisiennes' and 'Episodes & Aventures' respectively. Adding to the context of inspiration for the work, this autograph score contains an unidentified poem in English and German (struck through in blue pencil), phrases from which were written (in French) into the sketches:
Asleep while the crowds hurry bye [sic]
to their many pursuits and pleasures
Awakening as the twilight softly deepens
tinging all things with mystery
City of pleasure,
of strange sensations
of brazen music and dancing
of painted and beautiful women.
unveiling but to those
who ever shunning day
return home in the pale blue light
of scarcely breaking dawn
and fall asleep to the song of the awakening streets
and the rising dawn.
This score also contains cue numbers and other conductors' markings, indicating its use in early performances.
- Article by:
- Lionel Carley
- Music and place, Musical style
Lionel Carley explores composer Frederick Delius’s long association with France, and how the distinctive landscapes of Paris and Grez-sur-Loing inspired some of his most famous scores.