Après un Rêve Op.7, No.1

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ADVANCED EDITION - Double Bass part in C minor - piano accompaniments in C minor (orchestral tuning) and D minor (solo tuning)

"His devotion to the mélodie spans his career, from the ever-fresh "Le papillon et la fleur" of 1861 to the masterly cycle L'horizon chimérique, composed sixty years and more than a hundred songs later. Fauré's songs are now core repertoire for students and professionals, sung in conservatories and recital halls throughout the world." [Roy Howat/Emily Kilpatrick]

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) is regarded as one of the masters of the French art song, or mélodie and in 1922 Ravel wrote that Fauré had saved French music from the dominance of the German Lied. His melodies are beautiful, with evocative and inventive accompaniments and are at the very heart of the song repertoire into the 21st-century. A number of works by Fauré have been transcribed for double bass and one of the most successful is surely the song Après un Rêve, one of the composers most sublime creations.
Trois melodies Op.7 were composed between 1870-77, although not conceived as a set of three songs but retrospectively collected as Op.7 in the 1890s. Après un Rêve is the first of the set, with a text by an unknown Italian author and translated into French by Romain Bussine (1830-99), and first published in 1878. Anne Feeney writes "The text describes a dream in which the narrator and her beloved come together in an almost otherworldly meeting, followed by a longing to return to this dream state after awakening." The gently moving accompaniment provides a strong pulse and support above which a languid and dreamy melody gently weaves its magic.
The song is originally in the key of C minor, with constantly changing harmonies, a sustained bass line in octaves, and a melody line which ranges from middle C to F on the top line of the stave. The version for double bass and piano can be played in C minor or transposed a minor third lower into A minor with the second verse played an octave higher, adding evocative colours to the melody line and exploiting the singing range of the double bass.
Après un Rêve has probably been arranged for more instrumental combinations than almost any other piece and a quick search on the internet confirms that the solo part is played by violin, viola, cello or double bass, also flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon or horn, and is also available for orchestra, string orchestra, string quartet, woodwind quartet, brass quartet, saxophone quartet and even trombone and brass band. The song lends itself to almost any instrumental combination and it is likely that Fauré would have been amazed by its success and popularity into the 21st-century.
Après un Rêve song is gem for the double bass and is playable by the progressing young bassist and also the professional. The subtle and sumptuous harmonies, lyrical and sinuous solo line, make this a winner every time.
David Heyes [20 May 2017]

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Cat No. RM1053
Supplier Code RM1053
Price £8.50
ComposerGabriel Fauré
ArrangerDavid Heyes
CategoryDouble Bass & Piano
SeriesTranscriptions Series
Difficulty level8
Weight 130 grams
Published 22nd July 2020
Availability 7 in stock
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RM099  Romanze
RM1035  Scherzo in A minor
RM1036  Introduction & Tarantella
RM1072  Le Départ