With a falling melody, Chausson shows the singer literally falling in love as the song progresses. There is a sense, though, that the singer is resisting — the melody avoids falling down to the tonic note of the scale. Finally, the singer reaches resolution at t’aimais – “I loved you.” The singer does not hold that tonic pitch, and the line continues to descend as the tear falls; even the final note in the piano does not reach a definitive resolution, with the final pitch played being the third, not the tonic. A beautifully captured sense of both the beauty and the tentativeness of falling in love!
- Video (Philippe Jaroussky) – YouTube (starts at :25)
- Audio (Sandrine Piau) – last.fm
- Video (Chris Rosborough) – YouTube (starts at 3:04)
- Text (Paul-Armand Silvestre) & Translation – recmusic.org
- Score – artsongcentral.com