Après un rêve… [After a Dream]

Lady Lilith by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
A composer and a painter both born May 12:

Gabriel Urbain Fauré, 1845

French composer, organist, pianist and teacher. Among his best-known works are his Pavane, Requiem, Sicilienne, nocturnes for piano and the songs “Après un rêve” and “Clair de lune”. [source Wikipedia]

& Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1828

English poet, illustrator, painter and translator. Among his best-known works are his He founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 with William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais. Rossetti was later to be the main inspiration for a second generation of artists and writers influenced by the movement, most notably William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. His work also influenced the European Symbolists and was a major precursor of the Aesthetic movement. [source Wikipedia]

Gabriel Fauré

Après un rêve, Op. 7, No. 1

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa


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  1. I admit I do not know much about operas and classical songs. But when I listened to Kiri Te Kanawa’s video clip above her voice was so very captivating. Now I am keen on listening to some more of her soprano songs.
    I must thank you dear Marina for this. Your blog is infused with your talent and creativity.
    Cheers and best always 🙂

    • It’s a really beautiful song… I’m so glad you enjoyed it, my dear Dilip and thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words! Best to you and Happy Monday and week ahead. 🙂

    • Yes!!!!!
      I just added a second version, again with Kiri Te Kanawa who’s version I really like… I hope this one works! …and here’s one more:


  2. Beautiful Operatic voice… I often listen to classical and opera while knitting away… Many thanks for sharing Marina… you too take care my friend… Sending LOVE ❤

    • Oh, I’m sorry about that… I just added a second version in the post again with Kiri Te Kanawa, who’s version, to my ears, is perfect. I hope this one works…

    • I didn’t know that last info! The words I knew because I would sing it while studying… one of my favorite songs. Thank you for adding those links! 🙂

  3. J.E. Millais and J.W. Waterhouse, like D.G. Rossetti are the painters who best express the “rêverie” of that period… very similar in the execution of female subjects, enraptured by the beauty and tenuity of the chromatic choice…
    I used several of these images to give a sort of face to what I described, in prose as in poetry.
    The choice for this piece of Fauré is very engaging… I could also suggest some of Chopain’s Nocturnes, which sometimes trigger a strong emotion that brings me to tears.
    Simply divine! A hug 🙂 c

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