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Air retrouvé

Language: French (Français)

Rien n'est fini. Tout recommence.
Rupture toujours ajournée !
C'est comme un vieux bout de romance
Qu'on chanta toute une journée.

Un moment on croit qu'on l'oublie.
On marche sans en avoir cure.
Mais la ritournelle abolie
Couve dans la mémoire obscure.

Un beau jour qu'on prête l'oreille
A des bruits vagues, l'on s'étonne
D'entendre la petite abeille
Qui dans sa ruche encor chantonne.

Et voilà qu'on redit sans trêve
Le bout oublié de romance.
On retourne à son ancien rêve.
Rien n'est fini. Tout recommence,1

Translation(s): ENG ITA

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Confirmed with Les caresses, Nouvelle Édition, Paris, G. Charpentier, [no date], pages 172-173.

1 [sic] for the punctuation.

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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)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Corinne Orde) , title 1: "Rediscovered air", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Francesco Campanella) , title 1: "Aria ritrovata", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2016-01-12 18:01:06

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Word count: 86

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Rediscovered air

Language: English after the French (Français)

Nothing is over. Everything starts afresh.
The final parting is always postponed!
It is like some old snatch of romance
That one sang for a whole day.

One moment you think you have forgotten it;
You walk without a care.
But the banished ritornello
Gestates in the back of the memory.

One fine day, when one lends an ear
To some vague noises, one is surprised
To hear the little bee
Still humming in its hive.

And one finds oneself repeating without respite
That forgotten bit of romance.
One returns to the old dream.
Nothing is over. Everything starts afresh.

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Jean Richepin (1849 - 1926), "Air retrouvé", written 1877, appears in Les Caresses, in 3. Brumaire, no. 13, Paris, Éd. M. Dreyfous, first published 1882 ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): César Antonovich Cui, Louis Vierne. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2007-11-23 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:31

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Word count: 100