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Language: French (Français)

Pierrot, qui n'a rien d'un Clitandre,
Vide un flacon sans plus attendre,
Et, pratique, entame un pâté.

Cassandre, au fond de l'avenue,
Verse une larme méconnue
Sur son neveu déshérité.

Ce faquin d'Arlequin combine
L'enlèvement de Colombine
Et pirouette quatre fois.

Colombine rêve, surprise
De sentir un cœur dans la brise
Et d'entendre en son cœur des voix.


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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):

  • CHI Chinese (中文) (Yen-Chiang Che) , "啞劇", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Claycomb) (Peter Grunberg) , "Pantomime", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Charles Hopkins) , "Pantomime", written 2002, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Charles Hopkins) , "Pantomime", written c2005, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Ingrid Schmithüsen) , "Pantomime", copyright © 2013, (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: 58

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

Pierrot, der nichts gemein hat mit Klitander,
Leert ungeduldig ein Fläschchen
Und, ganz passend, beißt er in ein Pâté.

Cassander, am Ende der Avenue,
Vergießt eine geringschätzige Träne
Über seinen mißratenen Neffen.

Dieser lausige Lümmel eines Harlekin
Heckt die Entführung von Colombine aus
Und wirbelt vier Mal im Kreis.

Colombine träumt, verwundert,
Im Windhauch eine Seele zu spüren,
Stimmen in ihrem Herzen zu vernehmen.

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Based on
  • a text in French (Français) by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896), "Pantomime", appears in Fêtes galantes, no. 2, first published 1869 CHI ENG ENG ENG ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Gérard Condé, Claude Achille Debussy, Émile Durand, T. Jousselin, Louise Koster, Raoul Laparra, Fausto Magnani, Fernand Ochsé, Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli, Willem Pijper, Adrien Remacle, Kaikhosru Sorabji, born Leon Dudley Sorabji, Jósef-Zygmunt Szulc. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2013-05-29.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:12
Line count: 12
Word count: 64