Alkan: Prelude Op 31 No 13 ‘J’étais endormie, mais mon couer veillait’

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Taken from the Biblical Song of Songs, the subtitle translates as ‘I was asleep, but my heart was awake’.

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Messiaen also placed this text (in the present tense) at the head of the 19th of his Vingt Regards. It sets the tone for a scene of profound contemplation.