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Lents saluts et spirale exquise, Il ondule sans désarroi Avec la majesté d’un roi Offrant le poing à la Marquise. Il soumettait Louis Soleil Suivi d’étoiles favorites Aux gràces graves de ses rites; Et, dans Versaille au grand sommeil, Les arbres le dansent encore Sous la brise, pompeusement! Mais déjà, superbe et charmant, Les dieux qu’enseignait Terpsichore Avaient dansé le Menuet Sur la cime du mont suprême, Lents, augustes, sans clin d’oeil, même Quand le tonnerre éternuait!
- by Catulle Mendès (1841 - 1909), "Le menuet", written 1895, appears in La Grive des Vignes, in 4. Dédicaces, Ballet ancien, no. 1, Paris, Éd. Librairie Charpentier, first published 1895 [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 Louis-Charles-Bonaventure-Alfred Bruneau (1857 - 1934), "Le menuet", published  [high voice and piano], from Six chansons à danser, no. 1, Paris, Éd. Choudens [ sung text checked 1 time]
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- ENG English (Garrett Medlock) , "The minuet", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website: 2019-01-12
Line count: 16
Word count: 77
Slow salutes and [an] exquisite spiral, It ripples without disarray With the majesty of a king Offering a [hand] to the Marquise. It subdued Louis the Sun King Followed by favorite stars To the serious graces of his rites; And, in Versaille, in noble sleep The trees still dance it In the breeze pompously! But already, beautiful and charming, The gods who taught Terpsichore Had danced the Minuet On the summit of the highest mountain, Slow, august, without a wink, even When the thunder sneezed!
- Translation from French (Français) to English copyright © 2019 by Garrett Medlock, (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 Catulle Mendès (1841 - 1909), "Le menuet", written 1895, appears in La Grive des Vignes, in 4. Dédicaces, Ballet ancien, no. 1, Paris, Éd. Librairie Charpentier, first published 1895
This text was added to the website: 2019-01-11
Line count: 16
Word count: 85