2021-01-03 16:10:56 UTC
"Another short piano piece is examined in detail because it is a recent discovery: “Les soirs illuminés par l’ardeur du charbon,” which Debussy gave to his coal dealer early in 1917 in lieu of payment for a delivery. The title is a line from Baudelaire’s “Le balcon,” which Debussy had set in 1888 as no. 1 of his Cinq poèmes de Baudelaire; the piece itself has brief echoes of “Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir” [Préludes, book 1, no. 4, 1910], whose title in turn is from Baudelaire’s “Harmonies du soir,” no. 2 in Debussy’s cycle."
But i imagine you're talking about The Keel Row, a Tyneside folk song in Images. The "keelmen" of Northumberland manned the keel boats the carried coal on the River Tyne.