Mode Mixture in Debussy’s “Beau Soir”Today, I have decided to analyze Debussy’s usage of mode mixture in the song “Beau soir,” which translates to “Beautiful Evening.” It is one of Debussy’s earlier songs, composed around 1883. Indeed, Debussy relies on mode mixture in this piece to help convey his colorful description of the text.
Text: m. 20-27:
Un conseil de goûter le charme d’être au monde
Cependant qu’on ext jeune et que le soir est beau
A counsel to relish the charm of being in this world
While one is young and while the evening is beautiful