Debussy 2eme Chanson de Charles d'Orléans
Date: September 16, 2011
I am preparing all three of these incredible songs right now and found a curious thing.
The choir's (A) and my (B) edition differ in the second chanson in some places.
Both editions are from the original Publisher Durand & Fils.
Edition A is marked „Édition orginale“ on the very top of the front page,
Edition B has not.
On the front page, the address of the publisher is given as follows:
Edition A: „21 Rue Vernet“
Edition B: „4 Place de la Madeleine“
http://www.operas.com.ar/Music-Encyclopedia/23996/Durand.htm shows that Durand resided from 1869 to 1980 at „4 Place de la Madeleine“, from 1980 to 1987 at „21 rue Vernet“ (they moved then to their present location at 215 rue du Faubourg St-Honoré)
So it seems that Edition B is the older one.
I have prepared two images on the differences, they follow below.
Has anybody noticed that? It would explain the funny notion "bouché fermée" together with the text "a" on the last chord which does not really make sense. They might have forgotten to take the "a" away when adding "bouche fermée".
Are these changes of Debussy's hand? Of whose if not the maestro himself?
Grateful for any input.
Personally, Edition B makes more sense to me especially in the ending. The complementary rhythm keeps the little coda alive, and on the very last corona, the difference between the altos' and tenors' bocca chiusa against the quite open "a" in the bass voices creates a tilted balance in the sound. That could be deliberate of course - but the it somehow disturbs me on the final chord of the piece.
All the best,