“Ballade pour Adeline” (French for “Ballad for Adeline”) was composed by Paul de Senneville in 1976 as a tribute to his newborn second daughter, Adeline.
In 1976, Richard Clayderman (real name Philippe Pagès) received a telephone call from Olivier Toussaint, a well-known French record producer, who, with his partner, Paul de Senneville, was looking for a pianist to record the gentle piano ballad. The 23-year-old Philippe Pagès was auditioned along with 20 other hopefuls and, to his amazement, he got the job.
The single went on to sell 22 million copies in 38 countries. “When I signed him”, says Olivier Toussaint, “I told him that if we sell 10,000 singles it will be marvellous, because it was disco at that time and we could not bet on such a ballad being a winner….. We could not imagine that it would be so big”.
1976年, 法国作曲家 Paul de Senneville (保罗·塞内维尔) 为自己的小女儿 Adeline (爱德琳) 谱写了一首曲子Ballade pour Adeline, 保罗及其合伙人 Olivier Toussaint 特别举办了一场面试, 公开招募最适合演奏该曲的钢琴家, 然而, 时年23岁的 Richard Clayderman (理查德·克莱德曼) 从众多应试者中脱颖而出, 成为这首曲子的首演人.
关于此曲 Ballade pour Adeline 在中国的翻译, 从法语直译为 ”给爱德琳的诗”, 而 “水边的阿狄丽” 则是从日语名称翻译过来的, 而并非原作者的意思.