On "L'arbre est dans ses feuilles" -
"Chanson à accumulation" or cumulative song has refrain and chorus, the
choruses lengthening as more details are added to the cumulative picture.
refrain in French: "L'arbre est dans ses feuilles, / Malurons, maluré /
L'arbre est dans ses feuilles, / Malurons dondé." In English,
"The tree is in full bloom, / Hoorah, hooray, / The tree is in full bloom, /
Hoorah, dunday!" The choruses added together tell: "In the heart,
there is love / The heart is in the bird / The bird is in the egg / The egg
is in the nest / The nest is in the hole / The hole is in the knot / The
knot is in the branch /The branch is in the tree."
piano study takes the refrain throughout as subject and toys with its
repetitions in varying registers and domains.
pages, circa 3' 30" - an MP3 demo is here:
The score is available as a free PDF download, though any major
commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior
arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this piano
On "L'arbre est dans ses feuilles"