To make a prairie it takes a clover and...
To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, -
One clover, and a bee,
The revery alone will do
If bees are few.
Translation(s): FRE GER
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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990), "To make a prairie", 1940-44, published 1944 [high voice and piano], from Five Poems by Emily Dickinson [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990), "If bees are few" [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Ernst Bacon (1898 - 1990), "Clover", 1944 [voice and piano], from Songs from Emily Dickinson: Nature Time and Space - Volume 2 [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Jean Berger, né Arthur Schloßberg (1909 - 2002), "To make a prairie", published 1973 [SATB chorus and piano], from Three Poems by Emily Dickinson [ sung text not verified ]
- by Martin Butler (b. 1960), "To make a prairie", published 1985 [soprano, clarinet, and piano], from Three Emily Dickinson Songs, no. 3, Oxford, Oxford University Press [ sung text not verified ]
- by Rudolf Escher (1912 - 1980), "To make a prairie it takes a clover", 1955, published 1956 [mixed chorus of 7-10 voices], from Songs of Love and Eternity, no. 5. [ sung text not verified ]
- by Jake Heggie (b. 1961), "To make a prairie", 1999, first performed 1998 [soprano, flute, violin, cello, and piano], from From Emily's Garden, no. 3. [ sung text not verified ]
- by Ronald Perera (b. 1941), "To make a prairie", published 1976 [soprano or mezzo-soprano, piano], from Five Summer Songs, no. 4. [ sung text not verified ]
- by James Sclater , "To make a prairie", 1972 [soprano and clarinet], from Four Songs on Texts of Emily Dickinson, no. 2. [ sung text verified 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Pour faire une prairie on prend un...
Language: French (Français) after the English
Pour faire une prairie on prend un trèfle et une seule abeille,
Un seul trèfle et une abeille,
Et de la rêverie.
La rêverie seule fera l'affaire
Si les abeilles sont peu nombreuses.
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Translations of title(s):
"Clover" = "Trèfle"
"To make a prairie" = "Pour faire une prairie"
"If bees are few" = "Si les abeilles sont peu nombreuses"
"To make a prairie it takes a clover" = "Pour faire une prairie on prend un trèfle"
- Translation from English to French (Français) copyright © 2016 by Guy Laffaille, (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 English by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886), no title, appears in Poems by Emily Dickinson, first published 1896 GER
- This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ernst Bacon, Jean Berger, Martin Butler, Rudolf Escher, Jake Heggie, Ronald Perera, James Sclater. Go to the text.
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