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Five songs of Venice

Word count: 472

Song Cycle by Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924)

Original language: Cinq mélodies "de Venise"

1. Mandolin

Language: English after the French (Français)

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896), "Mandoline", appears in Fêtes galantes, no. 15, first published 1869 CHI GER GER SPA GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Francis de Bourguignon, René Chansarel, Reine Colaço Osorio-Swaab, Gérard Condé, Charles Cornet, as Charles Tenroc, Claude Achille Debussy, Alphons Diepenbrock, Gabriel Dupont, Gabriel Fauré, Ange Flégier, Paul Fournier, Gabriel Grovlez, Reynaldo Hahn, Robert Herberigs, Eugène-Émile Lacroix, Paul Le Flem, Bernard de Lisle, L. Marié, Bernard Panouillot, Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli, Gil Plechoyano, Irena Regina Poldowski, Carlos Suffern, Jósef-Zygmunt Szulc. Go to the text.

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The givers of serenades
And the lovely women who listen
Exchange insipid words
Under the singing branches.

There is Thyrsis and Amyntas
And there's the eternal Clytander,
And there's Damis who, for many a
Heartless woman, wrote many a tender verse.

Their short silk coats,
Their long dresses with trains,
Their elegance, their joy
And their soft blue shadows,

Whirl around in the ecstasy
Of a pink and grey moon,
And the mandolin prattles
Among the shivers from the breeze.


Translation of title "Mandoline" = "Mandolin"

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2. 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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3. Here are some fruit, some flowers, some leaves and some branches

Language: English after the French (Français)

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896), "Green", appears in Romances sans paroles, in Aquarelles, no. 1, first published 1872 FRE GER GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Georges d'Aguerre, Max Arham, Selim Arondel de Hayes, Aymar du Charmel, Louis Azémar, Gary Bachlund, Marc-Gustave Bacon, Gilbert Beaume, Paul Bonneau, Charles Bordes, Serge Bortkiewicz, Georges Brun, Jean-René Buvat, Joseph Canteloube de Malaret, André Caplet, A. Cascarret, Gérard de Chambéret, Armand Chamboissier, Jeanne Chaudet, Chenard-Huché, Georges Collin, Félipe Comas, Charles Cornet, as Charles Tenroc, Fernand Corot, Emilio Dal Monte, Lucien Darras, Vincenzo Davico, Albert De Klerk, Claude Achille Debussy, Fidès Devriès, Bernard van Dieren, J. Dôme, André Dulaurens, Louis Dumas, Gabriel Dupont, Jacques Durel, Edmond-E. Falconnet, Gabriel Fauré, Léo Ferré, J. Ferrier, Maurice Franck, André Gailhard, Pierre Galan, Hélène Gilbert, Georges Grécourt, Claude Guillon, signe Guillon-Verne, Reynaldo Hahn, Tibor Harsányi, Chenard Huche, Camille-Louis Joly, Georges-E. Jouanneau, Marie-Sophie-Gildippe, duchesse de La Roche-Guyon, M. Lafarge, Gabriel Laurent, Sylvio Lazzari, Jules Le Febvre, F.-M. Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, Robert Legrand, Raymond Leibner, Albert-Arthur Lely, Marcel L'Herbier, Dinu Lipatti, Henri Lombard, François Joseph Luc, as Francis Thomé, Bruno Maderna, Jean-Baptiste Maïsse, Carlos de Mesquita, Jeanne Amélie Messager, Lydie Michaïloff, Ernest Willem Mulder, Florencio-Joseph-Waldetrudis Odero, Héctor Panizza, Attilio Parelli, Roger Pénau, signe Roger-Pénau, Justin Pons, Marie-Iris Renard, dite A. Maysonnade, André Renoux, Louis Reynaud, Carl Reysz, dit Carlo Syrlin, Edmond Ribiollet, Eugène Riégel, Jeanne Rivet, Jean Robert, Joseph Guy Marie Ropartz, Jean-Lucien Roudière, Pierre-E.-L. Rousseau, dit Pierre Vellones, Henry Ryder, Pierre Salet, Henry Sauveplane, Marius César Scotto, Giovan-Battista Sorbi, Souza-Meiral, Jean.-P. Strauwen, Jósef-Zygmunt Szulc, Gaston Testard-Vaillant, Francesco Paolo Tosti, René Vanzande, dit René de Sable, Henri Vasseur. Go to the text.

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Here are some fruit, some flowers, some leaves and some branches,
And then here is my heart, which beats only for you.
Do not rip it up with your two white hands,
And may the humble present be sweet in your beautiful eyes!

I arrive all coverered in dew,
Which the wind of morning comes to freeze on my forehead.
Suffer my fatigue as I repose at your feet,
Dreaming of dear instants that will refresh me.

On your young breast allow my head to rest,
Still ringing with your last kisses;
Let it calm itself after the pleasant tempest,
And let me sleep a little, since you are resting.


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4. To Clymène

Language: English after the French (Français)

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896), "À Clymène", appears in Fêtes galantes, no. 16, first published 1869
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Fidès Devriès, Édouard Dreyfus Gonzales du Premio-Real, as Jean Dora, Gabriel Fauré, Marius-François Gaillard, Pavel Ivanovich Kovalev, Paul Le Flem, Héctor Panizza, Irena Regina Poldowski. Go to the text.

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Mystic barcarolles,
Songs without words,
My darling, because your eyes,
The color of the heavens,

Because your voice, strange
Vision that upsets
And troubles the horizon
Of my reason.

Because the wonderful aroma
Of your cygnet-like pallor.
And because the distinctness
Of your fragrance.

Ah! Because your entire existence,
Like music that pervades all,
Nimbuses of former angels,
Tones and perfumes.

Has, in wondrous cadences,
Attracted into a connection
My subtle heart:
Let it be praised! Amen.


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5. It is the langorous ecstasy

Language: English after the French (Français)

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  • Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896), no title, appears in Romances sans paroles, in Ariettes oubliées, no. 1, first published 1872 GER GER GER GER SPA FIN
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Louis Abbiate, Raymond Bonheur, Marie-Rose Bresson, Claude Achille Debussy, Fidès Devriès, Edmond Diet, André Dulaurens, Gabriel Fauré, Paul Fiévet, Ange Flégier, Eduardo García Mansilla, Henry Franklin Belknap Gilbert, Rodolphe-Adolphe-Joseph Herrmann, Louis-Joseph Keyzer, Alfred André Simon Kullmann, Eugène-Émile Lacroix, Paul Ladmirault, Suzanne Lippmann, Henri-Édouard-Joseph Logé, Michel-Francou, Klaus Miehling, Émile Nérini, M. de Nevers, Henri Poirier, Geneviève Rouzaud, Charles Camille Saint-Saëns, Pierre Salet, Nikolay Aleksandrovich Sokolov, Jósef-Zygmunt Szulc, Ange de Trabadelo. Go to the text.

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It is the langorous ecstasy,
It is the fatigue after love,
It is all the rustling of the wood,
In the embrace of breezes;
It is near the gray branches:
A chorus of tiny voices.

Oh, what a frail and fresh murmur!
It babbles and whispers,
It resembles the soft noise
That waving grass exhales.
You might say it were, under the bending stream,
The muffled sound of rolling pebbles.

This soul, which laments
And this dormant moan,
It is ours, is it not?
Is it [not] mine[?] -- tell [me] -- and yours,
Whose humble anthem we breathe
On this mild evening, so very quietly?


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