We recorded this song (full title Le paysage dans le cadre des portières) and some others by Koechlin for BBC Radio 3’s Composer of the week. Several of the performances, including this one, were world première broadcasts.
The song (words by Verlaine) evokes the furious, mechanical churning of a steam train, upon which the poet travels – this is the cacophony heard in the opening few bars of the piano, which then turns to exaltation. The poet’s mind soars above the turbulence of the train as he imagines the “soft voice” of his beloved. You can read the poem on the Lied and Arts Song Texts Page . 192-168.top .