Folio (ca. 349 x 270 mm). Disbound. [i] (title), 19 pp. Notated in black ink on 15-stave music paper issued by L. Andrieu with their blindstamp to upper inner corners.
The engraver's copy, prepared for the publishing house Alphonse Leduc.
Autograph signature ("Henri Busser") and date ("Paris, Juillet Août 1925") to final page. Autograph dedication "A mon petits-enfants Roland et Claude Busser" and note "Alphonse Leduc Editeur: Paris 175, Rue St. Honoré" to title. Occasional erasures and corrections in black ink in the composer's hand.
Scored for 3 voices in 6 movements, each with its own plate number:
1) À cheval: "Au pas, au pas, au trot... " In C major, 6/8 time, Allegretto.
2) Le joli jeu: "Sur le court de terre battue... " In D major, 3/4 time, Vivo.
3) En canotant: "Ohé du canot!... " In B-flat major, 6/8 time, Allegretto poco moderato.
4) En pédalant: "Tourne, tourne, ma pédale... " In F major, 2/4 time, Vif et alerte.
5) Football: "Le ballon est près du but... " In C, 3/8 time, Vivo.
6) Teuf, teuf: "Teuf, teuf, teuf... " In G major, 2/4 time, Animé, joyeux.
Numerous editorial markings and minor annotations in one or more early hands in pencil and red crayon. Lower edges of several pages with publisher's handstamps, and manuscript date ("35") and plate numbers (A.L. 19,188––A.L. 19,193) in an early hand in maroon ink.
Slightly worn, creased and soiled; pinholes and occasional short tears to inner margins; pp. 9 and15 with slight ink washing minimally affecting notation.
The Chansons de plein air were published by Leduc in 1935 (Worldcat cites two copies only of this printed edition, at the Bibliothèque Nationale and the Swiss National Library). Not in the Grove Music Online works list.
"Firmly rooted in the French 19th-century tradition, Büsser’s symphonic and choral writing is indebted to Gounod and Saint-Saëns. He is best known, however, for his dramatic works, which betray Wagner's impact in both their form and their use of the orchestra. The influence of Debussy, whose advice Büsser sought over the opera that became his most successful, Colomba (c1902–10), is also evident in certain harmonic procedures and in an acute sensitivity to orchestral colour. The ballets, such as the light-hearted La ronde des saisons (1905) with its amusing descriptive touches, provide further evidence of his keen dramatic sense." Barbara L. Kelly in Grove Music Online. Item #25151
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