Song by Ravel (written in 1896), to a text by Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898). The song is dedicated to Geneviève Mallarmé, daughter of the poet; (in 1901 she married Edmond Bonniot who was doctor to the Ravel family. Marnat [1986] p.727). The first public performance did not take place until more than ten years after it was written; it was given by Hélène Luquiens and Ravel on 8 June 1907, at a concert in Le Havre organised by G. Jean-Aubry for the Cercle de l'Art Moderne.

(The poem which Ravel chose appears in the volume of Mallarmé's Poésies (1888) immediately after the poem L'Après-midi d'un faune.)

The text of the song can be found on the Lied and Song Texts Page.

Ravel later (in 1913) returned to the words of Mallarmé for the Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé.