DOLLY SUITE: BERCEUSE & LE PAS ESPAGNOLE Gabriel Fauré
This six-part piano duet, written between 1894 and 1896, was inspired by a charming and delightful little girl named Hélène Bardac, the daughter of a neighbor banker's wife named Emma. A talented musician herself, Emma had an intense affair with Fauré, then eventually married Claude Debussy. Hélène was nicknamed Dolly due to her diminutive size. The various segments of the work commemorated aspects of Dolly's life and served as birthday presents.
Only the outstanding first and last movements of the score are
featured here. Berceuse (a Lullaby) served as theme music for BBC's
Listen with Mother radio program. The soothing melody over a gently
rocking accompaniment suggests a cradle song. Le Pas Espagnole
(Spanish Dance), an exhilarating allegro full of Latin rhythms and color, was
named after a bronze equestrian statue created by Fauré's
Emmanuel; it was admired by Dolly and sat on her mantelpiece.
Berceuse: To get started, Secondo plays the first two measures. I have added a second ritard at the end and a fermata on the last chord.
Le Pas Espagnole: There is a choice of MP3 files for
Secondo; one is the standard Allegro
(q=120), and one is somewhat slower
(q=100). There is but a 3-beat lead-in; be ready,
or you will miss it.
|Dolly-Berceuse-preview .mp3||preview (2:40)||2.4 mb|
|Dolly-Le Pas Espagnole-preview .mp3||preview (2:07)||2.0 mb|
|Berceuse, Page 1||5 pages||173 kb|
|Le Pas Espagnole, Page 1||7 pages||199 kb|
|Dolly Suite. pdf||sheet music, 24 pages||1.1 mb|
|Dolly-Berceuse-Secondo. mp3||Secondo part||2.4 mb|
|Dolly-Le Pas Espagnole-Secondo (120). mp3||Secondo part||2.0 mb|
|Dolly-Le Pas Espagnole-Secondo (100). mp3||Secondo part, reduced tempo||2.3 mb|
|Dolly .zip||3 MIDI files,
6 Finale 2005 files,
2 XML files