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): 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)
- by Jean-Guy Bailly (1925 - 2009), "La musique", 1982 [medium voice and piano], from Six poèmes de Charles Baudelaire, no. 1. [ sung text not verified ]
- by Michel Bosc (b. 1963), "La musique", op. 135. [high voice and piano] [ sung text not verified ]
- by Elliott Cook Carter, Jr. (1908 - 2012), "La musique" [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Gustave Charpentier (1860 - 1956), "La musique", 1894, published 1895 [medium voice and piano], from Poèmes chantés, no. 1, Éd. H. Tellier [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Lex van Delden (1919 - 1988), "La musique", op. 5 no. 1 (1939), published 2000, copyright © 1999 [low voice and piano], from Trois mélodies, no. 1, Amsterdam, Donemus [ sung text not verified ]
- by Joseph Jongen (1873 - 1953), "La musique", op. 135 no. 2 (1948). [medium voice and piano; or soprano, piano and string quartet] [ sung text not verified ]
- by Gordon Kerry (b. 1961), "La musique", 1985 [voice and piano], from Obsessions, no. 1. [ sung text not verified ]
- by Léon Orthel (1905 - 1985), "La musique", op. 72 (Deux mélodies) no. 1 (1975). [ sung text not verified ]
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Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "La musica", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Language: Italian (Italiano) after the French (Français)
Sovente la musica come il mare mi cattura!
Verso un pallido astro,
sotto una volta di bruma o nella vasta aria pura
la mia vela io innalzo;
Spingo il mio petto in avanti, gonfiando i miei polmoni
come vela che si tende,
e scalo il dorso di fitti cavalloni
che la notte nasconde;
E sento vibrare in me tutte le passioni
d'una nave che soffre;
Il vento propizio, la tempesta e le sue convulsioni
Sopra l'abisso immenso
sanno cullarmi. Altre volte bonaccia, calma piatta, vasto
riflesso sono del mio tormento!
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- 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 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.
Text added to the website: 2010-03-23.
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