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Had I but wings

Language: English after the French (Français)

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Note: the title page of the score gives the translator's name as P. England


Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Pierre-Jules-Théophile Gautier (1811 - 1872), "Les papillons", written 1837, appears in La Comédie de la Mort, first published 1838 CZE GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Max Arham, Zacharie Astruc, Edmond Berger, Jacques Bouhy, Louis-Albert Bourgault-Ducoudray, Émile Bourgeois, A. Bourlant-Ladam, Otto Bouwens van der Boijen, Charles-Samuel Bovy-Lysberg, Gaston Carraud, Cécile Chaminade, Ernest Amédée Chausson, Antony Choudens, Marie Damaschino, as Mario Foscarina, Alfredo D'Ambrosio, Claude Achille Debussy, Joseph Depret, Victor Dolmetsch, Alban Dorcy, Eugène Ébaudy de Fresne, as Jean Michaëli, Georges Flé, Achille Fould, Baron, Charles Gallois, Benjamin Louis Paul Godard, Marie Félicie Clémence de Reiset, Vicomtesse de Grandval, Louis Graziani, Comte, Serge Gut, Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, Léon Jouret, Gustave Kéfer, Guy de Kervéguen, Vicomte, Henri Kowalski, Théodore Lack, Adam Laussel, dit Adam-Laussel, Robert Le Grand, Omer Létourneau, Jacques Marsyas, Theophile-Jules-Henri Marzials, Anna Naze, Émile Paladilhe, Georges-Louis Pantillon, Édouard Pascal, Felipe Pedrell, Émile Pessard, Jules Philipot, Henry Hugo Pierson, Jean-Théodore Radoux, Jules Regnaud, Albert Renaud, José Paulino Rolón Alcaraz, Mathilde, Baroness Willy de Rothschild, Gaston Sarreau, Arthur de Sinéty, Comte, Arthur Goring Thomas, Fernand de la Tombelle, Francesco Paolo Tosti, Louis Vierne, Anselm Vinée, Jacques-Michel Zoubaloff. 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)

  • by Percy Reeve (1855 - ?), "Had I but wings", published 1896 [voice and piano], London, Metzler & Co.

Also set in French (Français), original text by Pierre-Jules-Théophile Gautier (1811 - 1872) , title 1: "Les papillons", 1837, from La Comédie de la Mort, published 1838 ENG GER ENG ITA by Ernest Amédée Chausson, Benjamin Louis Paul Godard, Émile Paladilhe, Claude Achille Debussy, Cécile Chaminade, Francesco Paolo Tosti, Antony Choudens, Mathilde, Baroness Willy de Rothschild, Felipe Pedrell, Eugène Ébaudy de Fresne, Anna Naze, Edmond Berger, Léon Jouret, Jean-Théodore Radoux, Louis Graziani, Comte, Jules Regnaud, Arthur de Sinéty, Comte, Zacharie Astruc, Émile Pessard, Louis-Albert Bourgault-Ducoudray, Jacques Bouhy, Jules Philipot, Guy de Kervéguen, Vicomte, Édouard Pascal, Charles Gallois, Victor Dolmetsch, Henri Kowalski, Henry Hugo Pierson, Mario Foscarina, Albert Renaud, Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, Arthur Goring Thomas, Théodore Lack, Joseph Depret, Jacques Marsyas, Émile Bourgeois, Achille Fould, Baron, Alban Dorcy, Fernand de la Tombelle, Theophile-Jules-Henri Marzials, Gaston Carraud, Marie-Félicie-Clémence de Grandval, Gaston Sarreau, Louis Vierne, Georges Flé, Adam Laussel, dit Adam-Laussel, Anselm Vinée, Otto Bouwens van der Boijen, Max Arham, Alfredo D'Ambrosio, Omer Létourneau, José Paulino Rolón Alcaraz, Jacques-Michel Zoubaloff, Georges-Louis Pantillon, Robert Le Grand, Serge Gut, A. Bourland-Ladam, Charles-Samuel Bovy-Lysberg, Gustave Kéfer. Go to the text.

Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Karl Vollheim , title 1: "Ein Wunsch" ENG ENG ITA by Gustav Hasse. Go to the text.

Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Giuseppe Zaffira , title unknown ENG GER ENG by Émile Pessard. Go to the text. [Note: text not yet unavailable]

Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Angelo Zanardini (1820 - 1893) , title unknown ENG GER ENG by Ettore Perosio, Francesco Paolo Tosti. Go to the text. [Note: text not yet unavailable]

Also set in English, a translation by H. D. Banning , title unknown GER ITA by Arturo Luzzatti. Go to the text. [Note: text not yet unavailable]

Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown GER ITA by Bainbridge Crist. Go to the text. [Note: text not yet unavailable]

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