“Beau Soir” (French for “Beautiful Evening”) is a French art song written by Claude Debussy. It is a setting of a poem by Paul Bourget. Debussy was 15 or 16 when he wrote this song (ca. 1877/8), and his music was marked by the aesthetics of the period.
English translation of the lyrics:
When streams turn pink in the setting sun,
And a slight shudder rushes through the wheat fields,
A plea for happiness seems to rise out of all things
And it climbs up towards the troubled heart.
A plea to relish the charm of life
While there is youth and the evening is fair,
For we pass away, as the wave passes:
The wave to the sea, we to the grave.
Please take note that I do NOT own the audio OR the sheet music. Change the quality to 480p if the video is blurred.
Performance by: Rene Fleming (voice), Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano)
(original audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzNASDPXbMw)
NB. There was an existing score video of the piece, though only the piano is played, as it was meant to be an accompaniment video. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZcX6kqFhSU)