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Les donneurs de sérénades

Language: French (Français)

Les donneurs de sérénades
Et les belles écouteuses
Échangent des propos fades
Sous les ramures chanteuses.

C'est Tircis et c'est Aminte,
Et c'est l'éternel Clitandre,
Et c'est Damis qui pour mainte
Cruelle [fait]1 maint vers tendre.

Leurs courtes vestes de soie,
Leurs longues robes à queues,
Leur élégance, leur joie
Et leurs molles ombres bleues,

Tourbillonnent dans l'extase
D'une lune rose et grise,
Et la mandoline jase
Parmi les frissons de brise.


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1 Fauré, Hahn: "fit"

Submitted by Nicolas Gounin


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

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  • CHI Chinese (中文) (Mei Foong Ang) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jaroslav Vrchlický) , "Mandoliny"
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Alfredo García) , "Mandolina", copyright © 2004, (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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Word count: 72

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Language: German (Deutsch) after the French (Français)

Leis dem Schmeichellied der Lauten
kamen sie im Park zu lauschen,
lächelnd unter blüh'nden Rauten
wollen sie nun Worte tauschen.

Da ist Tirsis und Aminde
und Clitander auch, der gute,
Damis, der manch' schönem Kinde
Verse schrieb mit Herzensblute.

Seidne Puderwämser, lang
schleifen Schleppen, blaue weiche
Schatten schwärmen überm Hang,
spiegeln schimmernd sich im Teiche.

Auf des Mondes Rosenwellen
schwebt ein geisterhaftes Leben,
und die Mandolinen schwellen,
und ein Hauch macht sie erbeben.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896), "Mandoline", appears in Fêtes galantes, no. 15, first published 1869 CHI CZE ENG ENG SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Francis de Bourguignon, René Chansarel, Reine Colaço Osorio-Swaab, Gérard Condé, Charles Cornet, as Charles Tenroc, Claude Achille Debussy, Alphons Diepenbrock, Gabriel Dupont, Gabriel Fauré, Ange Flégier, Paul Fournier, Gabriel Grovlez, Reynaldo Hahn, Robert Herberigs, Eugène-Émile Lacroix, Paul Le Flem, Bernard de Lisle, L. Marié, Bernard Panouillot, Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli, Gil Plechoyano, Irena Regina Poldowski, née Wieniawski, Carlos Suffern, Jósef-Zygmunt Szulc. 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)

Text added to the website: 2011-07-13 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:28

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Word count: 73