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Language: French (Français)

Scaramouche et Pulcinella,
Qu'un mauvais dessein rassembla,
Gesticulent noirs sous la lune,

Cependant l'excellent docteur Bolonais
Cueille avec lenteur des simples
Parmi l'herbe brune.

Lors sa fille, piquant minois,
Sous la charmille, en tapinois,
Se glisse demi-nue,

En quête de son beau pirate espagnol,
Dont un [langoureux]1 rossignol
Clame la détresse à tue-tête.


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1 Debussy: "amoureux"

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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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Anna Brull Piñol) , "Titelles", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Claycomb) (Peter Grunberg) , "Puppets", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Marionetit", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Marionetten", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Elaine Marie Ortiz-Arandes) , "Marionetten", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:53

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Language: Catalan (Català) after the French (Français)

Scaramouche i Pulcinella
quina idea malèvola reuneixen,
gesticulen negres sota la lluna,

mentre l'exel·lent doctor Bolonyès
cull lentament mostres
entre l'herba bruna.

Llavors la seva filla, tota coqueta,
sobre el prat, de puntetes,
s'esfuma mig nua

a la recerca del seu bell pirata español,
on el seu (amoròs) rossinyol
proclama la seva angoixa a crits.

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896), "Fantoches", appears in Fêtes galantes, no. 11, first published 1869 ENG ENG FIN GER GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Charles Colas, Gérard Condé, Claude Achille Debussy, Raoul Laparra, Fernand Ochsé, Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli, Irena Regina Poldowski, née Wieniawski, Adrien Remacle, Marcel Trémois. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2010-02-09 00:00:00.

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