A set of three songs by Ravel (written in 1932-33), to texts by Paul Morand (1888 - 1976). This was Ravel's last completed work. It had been commissioned for a film by G.W. Pabst starring Chaliapine, but the slowness of Ravel's composing meant that the songs were not used, and Jacques Ibert provided some songs instead.
The three songs are:
I. Chanson romanesque [dedicated to Robert Cousinou]
II. Chanson épique [dedicated to Martial Singher]
III. Chanson à boire [dedicated to Robert Bourdin]
Martial Singher gave the first performance in December 1934. Robert Bourdin was a singer who had taken part in the Paris première of L'Enfant et les sortilèges.
The text of the songs, with English translations, can be found on the Lied and Song Texts Page.