L'Alouette Lulu
Olivier Messiaen - 1956/8

From the Col du Grand-Bois, at Saint-Sauveur-en-Rue in the Forez. Pine woods to the right of the road, meadow pastures on the left. From high in the heavenly haze, the Wood-Lark gives out its notes two by two, its chromatic and fluid falls. Hidden in a bush, in a woodland glade, a Nightingale replies. Contrast between the mordant tremolos of the Nightingale and this mysterious voice of the heights. Invisible, the Woodlark draws near, then flies away. The trees and fields are black and calm. lt is midnight. ..