The piece has its origins as a song composed in the key of the key of C minor published in 1878 and is one of the composers most beautiful and popular melodies. This is an excellent piece for developing tonal quality and the melody needs to be played with a singing expressive legato. A tempo of 56 quarter note (crotchet) beats to the minute has been used in the realisation and in this arrangement in the key of D minor the thematic material is explored an octave lower for the eight bar section beginning at bar 17. There is also an octave option towards the end of the movement which is given on an ossia staff. The accompanist will need to make use of the sustaining pedal although this is not indicated and the score does require careful study in respect to the reading of the chromatic harmony. Fauré as a pianist and accompanist was very much regarded as something of a metronome and not considered to be very sympathetic to singers of his songs particularly when they added subtlety and nuance at the end of phrases. It would be beneficial to spend time reading through the lyrics for the song in translation to have an understanding of the music’s context. A solo violin part is appended to the full score.