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. In this arrangement a tempo of 58 quarter note (crotchet) beats to the minute has been used in the realisation. Two registrations are suggested for the playing of the melody which is best played on a swell or choir manual. 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 text for the song in translation to have an understanding of the music’s original context. As an organ piece this music is suited to being played on different occasions.