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Gallant festivities

Word count: 233

Song Cycle by Claude Achille Debussy (1862 - 1918)

Original language: Fêtes Galantes I

1. Muted

Language: English after the French (Français)

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896), "En sourdine", appears in Fêtes galantes, no. 21, first published 1869 CAT GER GER GER GRE SPA GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Marie Bellenger, Paul Bonneau, Bertha Busine, Joseph Canteloube de Malaret, John Alden Carpenter, René Chansarel, Reine Colaço Osorio-Swaab, Félipe Comas, Gérard Condé, Suzanne Coquelin, Claude Achille Debussy, Fidès Devriès, Alphons Diepenbrock, André Dulaurens, Frédéric d'Erlanger, Baron, dit Regnal, Gabriel Fauré, Félix-Alfred Fourdrain, Philippe Gaubert, Hercule Gilles de Fontenailles, Reynaldo Hahn, Robert Herberigs, Hugo Herrmann, Clayton Johns, C. F. Karthaus, Louise Koster, Eugène-Émile Lacroix, Raoul Laparra, Sylvio Lazzari, Xavier Henri Napoleon Leroux, Michel Maurice Lévy, dit Betove, Guy de Rougelot de Lioncourt, Charles Martin Tornov Loeffler, Gaston Marchet, Paul Michoudet, Hyppolyte Mirande, Marcel Noël, Héctor Panizza, Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli, Irena Regina Poldowski, Léo Sachs, Gabriel de Saint-Quentin, Pierre Salet, Lazare Saminsky, Gaston Saux, P. Souhart, Marcel Stern, Jean.-P. Strauwen, Jósef-Zygmunt Szulc, Marc Vaubourgouin, Bernard Wagenaar, Marguerite Wagnière. Go to the text.

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Calm in the half-day
That the high branches make,
Let us soak well our love
In this profound silence.

Let us mingle our souls, our hearts
And our ecstatic senses
Among the vague langours
Of the pines and the bushes.

Close your eyes halfway,
Cross your arms on your breast,
And from your sleeping heart
Chase away forever all plans.

Let us abandon ourselves
To the breeze, rocking and soft,
Which comes to your feet to wrinkle
The waves of auburn lawns.

And when, solemnly, the evening
From the black oaks falls,
The voice of our despair,
The nightingale, will sing.


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2. Puppets

Language: English after the French (Français)

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  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2007 by Laura Claycomb and Peter Grunberg, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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  • a text in French (Français) by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896), "Fantoches", appears in Fêtes galantes, no. 11, first published 1869 CAT FIN GER GER ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Charles Colas, Gérard Condé, Claude Achille Debussy, Raoul Laparra, Fernand Ochsé, Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli, Irena Regina Poldowski, Adrien Remacle, Marcel Trémois. Go to the text.

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Scaramouche and Pulcinella, 
brought together by some evil scheme
gesticulate, black beneath the moon.

Meanwhile, the learned doctor 
from Bologna slowly gathers 
medicinal herbs in the brown grass.

Then his sassy-faced daughter
sneaks underneath the arbor
half-naked, in quest

Of her handsome Spanish pirate,
whose distress a languorous nightingale 
deafeningly proclaims.


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3. Moonlight

Language: English after the French (Français)

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  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2000 by Peter Low, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896), "Clair de lune", appears in Fêtes galantes, no. 1, first published 1869 CAT CHI GER GER GER GER FIN GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Georges Antoine, Joseph Canteloube de Malaret, René Chansarel, Gustave Charpentier, Chenard-Huché, Charles Colas, Claude Achille Debussy, Colette Delatour, Alphons Diepenbrock, Gabriel Fauré, Noël Lee, Madeleine Lemariey, Ruth Matarasso, Émile Nérini, Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli, Adrien Remacle, Louis Schopfer, Johann Heinrich Samuel "Marcel" Sulzberger, Jósef-Zygmunt Szulc, Anna Teichmüller, Édouard Trémisot, Frank Van Nimwegen, Alexander Voormolen, Judith Lang Zaimont. Go to the text.

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Your soul is a chosen landscape
charmed by masquers and revellers
playing the lute and dancing and almost
sad beneath their fanciful disguises!

Even while singing, in a minor key,
of victorious love and fortunate living
they do not seem to believe in their happiness,
and their song mingles with the moonlight,

the calm moonlight, sad and beautiful,
which sets the birds in the trees dreaming,
and makes the fountains sob with ecstasy,
the tall slender fountains among the marble statues!


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