The poet Romain Bussine was first an opera singer in Paris and later became a professor at the Conservatoire there. He was a friend of Gabriel Fauré, who set some of his poems, including the present Après un rêve, which portrays a rude awakening from a wonderful dream of love.
Thia art song was originally composed not for chamber choir, but for solo voice and piano. Denis Rouger has carefully adapted it to suit the requirements and expressive possibilities offered by a larger ensemble, without losing the any of the qualities of the original in the process. Each part in the choir has a melodic line drawn from the harmonic and rhythmic framework. In the process, the variety and refinement of the choral language combines with an enormous flexibility in form and expression, as French melodies or German art song demand from a soloist and pianist. The songs have been recorded by the figure humaine chamber choir on the CD "Kennst du das Land ..." (Carus 83.495).