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L'esprit des lois de Montesquieu et La pucelle de Voltaire furent interdits en Suisse. Un magistrat de Berne fit rechercher ces deux ouvrages, puis écrivit au Sénat: Nous n'avons trouvé dans le canton ni Esprit ni Pucelle.
- by Nicolas-Sébastien Roch (1740 - 1794), as Nicolas Chamfort [an adaptation] [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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 Françaix (1912 - 1997), "Le magistrat suisse", 1948, published 1951 [ baritone and piano ], from Huit anecdotes de Chamfort, no. 6, Éd. Max Eschig [sung text checked 1 time]
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- ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "The Swiss magistrate ", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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The Spirit of the Laws by Montesquieu and The Virgin by Voltaire were banned in Switzerland. A magistrate from Bern searched for these two works, then wrote to the Senate: We have in this canton, found neither Spirit nor a Virgin.
Montesquieu (1689-1755) was a political philosopher and writer
Voltaire (1694-1788) was a poet, historian and philosopher. La pucelle (1755) is a licentious mock-heroic poem about Joan of Arc.
- Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2016 by Laura Prichard, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
- a text in French (Français) by Nicolas-Sébastien Roch (1740 - 1794), as Nicolas Chamfort [an adaptation]
This text was added to the website: 2016-04-19
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