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One of my favorite pieces on our concert, Le Ruisseau (The Stream) by Gabriel Fauré, was written in 1881 for Madame Pauline Roger who had a choir of young ladies. Fauré is beloved for his exquisite solo songs, and he created the sensual melody of this duet for sopranos and altos with perfect craftsmanship to express the theme of thwarted love. Chrystie Osborne is our featured soloist, singing the voice of the stream entreating the pensive flower to come away to the deep ocean! Alas, the flower avoids the stream’s humid kisses and the stream sadly continues on his way.