3 songs on texts by Pierre Louÿs
- Première épitaphe
- Seconde épitaphe
- Dernière épitaphe
Duration 9:20 minutes
The texts are taken from the Chansons de Bilitis by Pierre Louÿs. Debussy set three of these poems which refer to her early life. My songs are the last three from the book: the epitaphs. In his (fictitious) biography of Bilitis, Louÿs tells how three epitaphs were discovered engraved in her tomb.
Despite the contrast between my songs and those of Debussy they work well when combined in a concert programme.
Karin van der Poel sang these songs for the first time in May 2001 with the composer at the piano. The songs are also dedicated to her.