from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology A Sicilian shepherd and son of Hermes who was famed as a musician and reputed to be the inventor of pastoral poetry.


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  • The weather continued unsettled for some days, and then it cleared up gloriously, so that Austin was able to lead what he called his Daphnis life once more.

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  • Eyes closed, Daphnis is blind as Thamyris who kissed

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  • Meanwhile, in the ancient Greek setting that we learn early-on exists inside the diamond, a simple goatherd named Daphnis is charged with heresy.

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  • This playwright seems to be sometimes alluded to as Daphnis, sometimes under his own name.

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  • After that, everyone was fully warmed up, and "Daphnis" was a radiant pleasure to end the evening.

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  • The music of "Daphnis," from the very moment of the introduction with its softly unfolding chords, its far, glamorous fanfares, its human throats swollen with songs, seems to thrust open doors into the unplumbed caverns of the soul, and summon forth the stuff to shape the dream.

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  • Salamon Gessner, who sang of this same vale of Neto in his "Daphnis"?

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  • Described by Ravel as a "choreographic symphony," "Daphnis" is music for a ballet commissioned in 1909 by Sergei Diaghilev, founder of the Ballets Russes.

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  • Ravel, who died in 1937 and is, along with Claude Debussy, considered to be one of the two most important French composers of the first half of the 20th century, once said that he considered "Mother Goose" and his 1912 ballet, "Daphnis and Chloé," to be his most significant works.

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  • But at that time in 1911, when he would have been reading the publisher's proofs, he was also working furiously on 'Daphnis et Chloé,' playing parts of that on the piano for Stravinsky and Stravinsky playing parts of his newly finished 'The Rite of Spring' on the piano for Ravel, Mr. Orenstein says.

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