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Venezuelan-born French composer, Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947) is fondly remembered for his huge contribution to mélodies – a popular form of French Art Song.


L’Heure Exquise (‘The Exquisite Hour’) was composed as part of his 7 Chansons grises between 1887-1890. For this set of songs, Hahn used text from the poet Paul Verlaine.


Originally set for soprano and piano, L’Heure Exquise speaks of the ‘Exquisite Hour’ where night falls and all becomes peaceful. There is mention of the gleaming white moon that reflects in the pool of water and how the shine of the moon bounces off the natural surroundings. The softness of the piano accompaniment leaves room for the soloist to make the most of the delicate melodic line.


The download comes with PDF solo part in Eb and piano accompaniment, as well as a high quality MP3 accompaniment track.


To view a video of Andrew McMillan performing the solo please visit


Sheet music available from:

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L'Heure Exquise (Solo for Eb Instrument with Piano) Hahn arr. David Robb

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