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Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé     135/(127)

For voice and piano

1. Soupir
2. Placet futile
3. Éventail

Poet:
Stéphane Mallarmé

First lines:
1. Mon âme vers ton front où rêve, ô calme cœur
2. Princesse ! à jalouser le destin d'une Hébé
3. O rêveuse, pour que je plonge

Composition date:
Summer 1913

Dedication:
à la mémoire de Stéphane Mallarmé et en hommage à Madame E. Bonniot (née G. Mallarmé)

Publication:
Durand, October 1913

First hearing:
Paris, 21 March 1914, Salle Gaveau, performed by Ninon Vallin, the composer at the piano

Comments:
Debussy was granted the right to set Mallarmé's poems to music by the Mallarmé estate, whose representatives were contacted by Maurice Ravel, who had himself set two of these poems to music.