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La musique

Language: French (Français)

La musique souvent me prend comme une mer !
Vers ma pâle étoile,
Sous un plafond de brume ou dans un vaste éther,
Je mets à la voile ;

La poitrine en avant et les poumons gonflés
Comme de la toile,
J'escalade le dos des flots amoncelés
Que la nuit me voile ;

Je sens vibrer en moi toutes les passions
D'un vaisseau qui souffre ; 
Le bon vent, la tempête et ses convulsions

Sur l'immense gouffre
Me bercent. D'autres fois, calme plat, grand miroir
De mon désespoir !

Translation(s): CZE ENG ITA RUS

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jaroslav Vrchlický) , "Hudba"
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "La musica", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2017-04-18 22:35:48

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Language: Czech (Čeština) after the French (Français)

Mne hudba uchvátí často jak oceán;
        k mé hvězdě nechť bouř duje,
duch volným ethérem, neb mhy pod stropem hnán,
        jak vzpjatou plachtou pluje.

A plíce vzedmuté, jak z plátna, mužně v před
        hruď má si oddychuje,
a bujně přeskáču vln nakupených hřbet,
        jež noc mi zahaluje.

Vše vášně korábu, jenž má se ztroskotat,
        svou duší cítím třásti,
i dobrý vítr, bouř a její vír a chvat,
        obrovskou nad propastí
mnou chví. — A jindy zas to zrcadlo, jež hostí
        obraz mé zoufalosti.

Submitted by Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]


Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Charles Baudelaire (1821 - 1867), "La musique", written 1857, appears in Les Fleurs du Mal, in 1. Spleen et Idéal, no. 69 ENG ITA RUS
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Jean-Guy Bailly, Michel Bosc, Elliott Cook Carter, Jr., Gustave Charpentier, Lex van Delden, Joseph Jongen, Gordon Kerry, Léon Orthel. Go to the text.

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

    [ None yet in the database ]

Text added to the website: 2019-05-13 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2019-05-13 13:59:45

Line count: 14
Word count: 83