Zanetto, chantant dans le lointain Mignonne, voici l'Avril ! Le soleil revient d'exil ; Tous le nids sont en querelles; L'air est pur, le ciel léger, Et partout on voit neiger Des plumes de tourterelles. Prends, pour que nous nous trouvions, Le chemin des papillons Et des frêles demoiselles; Viens, car tu sais qu'on t'attend Sous le bois, près de l'étang Où vont boire les gazelles !
J. Massenet sets stanza 1 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
J. Massenet sets stanza 2 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information
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- by François Coppée (1842 - 1908), no title, appears in Le Passant, Paris, Éd. Alphonse Lemerre, first published 1870 [author's text checked 1 time 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 Amédée Artus (1815 - 1892), "Le passant", published  [ medium voice and piano ], Paris, Éd. Le Bailly [sung text not yet checked]
- by Émile Bourgeois (1849 - 1922), "Voici l'Avril" [ high voice and piano and violin or mandolin ad libitum ], from Six mélodies, no. 2, Éd. H. Tellier [sung text not yet checked]
- by Charles Gounod (1818 - 1893), "Chanson d'avril", subtitle: "Sérénade du passant", CG 357 (1872), published  [ voice and piano ], Paris, Henry Lemoine, also set in English [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Władysław Edward Kronenberg (1848 - 1892), as Ladislas Wieniec, "Sérénade", op. 34 (<<1879) [ medium voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by J. M. de Lalanne , "Sérénade du passant", published  [ high voice and piano ], Paris, Éd. 'Au Ménestrel' Heugel & Cie. [sung text not yet checked]
The text above (or a part of it) is used in the following settings:
- by Jules Massenet (1842 - 1912), "Sérénade du Passant", alternate title: "Sérénade de Zanetto", 1869, published 1869 [ voice and piano ]
Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:
- Also set in English, a translation by Horace Smith [an adaptation] ; composed by Charles Gounod.
Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Garrett Medlock) , copyright © 2019, (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.
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Word count: 67