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Mélodies passagères

Word count: 218

Song Cycle by Samuel Barber (1910 - 1981)

English translation: Fleeting songs (Thomas A. Gregg)
Catalan (Català) translation: Melodies passatgeres (Salvador Pila)
German (Deutsch) translation: Vergängliche Weisen (Bertram Kottmann)

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1. Puisque tout passe [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: French (Français)

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Puix que tot passa", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Thomas A. Gregg) , "Since all is passing", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elena María Accinelli) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Puisque tout passe, faisons
la mélodie passagère ;
celle qui nous désaltère,
aura de nous raison.

Chantons ce qui nous quitte
avec amour et art ;
soyons plus vite
que le rapide départ.


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2. Un cygne [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: French (Français)

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Faith J. Cormier) , "A swan moves across the water", copyright © 2000, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "A swan", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Un cygne avance sur l'eau 
tout entouré de lui-même, 
comme un glissant tableau;
ainsi à certains instants
un être que l'on aime 
est tout un espace mouvant.

Il se rapproche, doublé, 
comme ce cygne qui nage,
sur notre âme troublée...
qui à cet être ajoute 
la tremblante image
de bonheur et de doute.


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3. Tombeau dans un parc [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: French (Français)

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Tomba en un parc", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Thomas A. Gregg) , "Grave in a park", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Ruhestatt in einem Park", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


   (dans un parc)
Dors au fond de l'allée,
tendre enfant, sous la dalle,
on fera le chant de l'été
autour de ton intervalle.

Si une blanche colombe
passait au vol là-haut,
je n'offrirais à ton tombeau
que son ombre qui tombe.


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4. Le clocher chante [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: French (Français)

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El campanar canta", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Thomas A. Gregg) , "The bell tower sings", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Der Kirchturm singt", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Der Kirchturm singt", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Mieux qu'une tour profane,
je me chauffe pour mûrir mon carillon.
Qu'il soit doux, qu'il soit bon
aux Valaisannes.

Chaque dimanche, ton par ton,
je leur jette ma manne;
qu'il soit bon, mon carillon,
aux Valaisannes.

Qu'il soit doux, qu'il soit bon;
samedi soir dans les channes
tombe en gouttes mon carillon
aux Valaisans des Valaisannes.


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5. Départ [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: French (Français)

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Partença", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Thomas A. Gregg) , "Departure", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Abreise", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Abreise", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Mon amie, il faut que je parte.
Voulez-vous voir
l'endroit sur la carte?
C'est un point noir.
En moi, si la chose
bien me réussit, ce sera
un point rose 
dans un vert pays.


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