by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

Fantoches
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FIN GER GER
Scaramouche et Pulcinella
Qu'un mauvais dessein rassembla
Gesticulent, noirs [sur]1 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]2 rossignol
Clame la détresse à tue-tête.

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Confirmed with Paul Verlaine, Fêtes galantes, Paris: Alphonse Lemerre, 1869, pages 25-26.

Note: All ampersands (&) as appear in the first publication are changed to "et".

1 Debussy: "sous"
2 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:

  • Also set in English, a translation by Arthur Symons (1865 - 1945) , "Fantoches" ; composed by William Spencer Johnson.
  • Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Valentino Bucchi.

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


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 53

Marionetten
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the French (Français) 
Scaramouche und Pulcinella,
übler Plan bracht’ sie zusammen,
fuchteln schwarz im Mondenschein.

Derweil sammelt der gelehrsam’
Doktor Balanzone langsam
Heilkraut zwischen Gräsern ein.

Püppchenschön auf leisen Sohlen
unterm Laubengang verstohlen
sucht sein Töchterchen, halbnackt,

ihren spanischen Piraten
dessen Liebespein und Taten
Nachtigall lauthals beklagt.

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  • Translation from French (Français) to German (Deutsch) copyright © 2014 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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This text was added to the website: 2014-09-26
Line count: 12
Word count: 44