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Le ciel d'hiver, si doux, si triste, si dormant, Où le soleil errait parmi [des]1 vapeurs blanches, Était pareil au doux, au profond sentiment Qui nous rendait heureux mélancoliquement Par [cette après-midi de rêves]2 sous les branches... Branches mortes qu'aucun souffle ne remuait, Branches noires [avec]3 quelque feuille fanée, -- Ah! que [mon âme s'est à ton âme]4 donnée Plus tendrement [encor]5 dans ce grand bois muet, Et dans cette langueur de la mort de l'année ! La mort de tout, sinon de toi que j'aime tant, Et sinon du bonheur dont mon âme est comblée, Bonheur qui dort au fond de cette âme isolée, Mystérieux, paisible et frais comme l'étang Qui pâlissait au fond de la pâle vallée.
C. Widor sets stanzas 1-2
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Confirmed with Œuvres de Paul Bourget: Poésies 1876-1882. Edel. Les Aveux, Paris, Alphonse Lemerre, 1885, pages 137-138.1 Widor: "les"
2 Debussy: "cet après-midi de baisers"
3 Widor: "portant"
4 Debussy: "ta bouche s'est à ma bouche"
5 Debussy: "encore"
- by Paul Bourget (1852 - 1935), "Paysage sentimental", written 1882, appears in Les Aveux, in Amour, no. 11, Paris, Éd. Alphonse Lemerre, first published 1882 [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 Claude Achille Debussy (1862 - 1918), "Paysage sentimental", L. 55/(45) (1883), published 1902 [ voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Charles Marie Jean Albert Widor (1844 - 1937), "Le ciel d'hiver", op. 75 no. 12, published 1902, stanzas 1-2 [ high voice and piano ], from Chansons de Mer, no. 12, Paris, Éd. Heugel [sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- CAT Catalan (Català) [singable] (Núria Colomer) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , "Sentimental landscape", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Seelengefilde", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Dániel Csűry) , "Érzelmes tájkép", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Enrico Magnani) , "Paesaggio sentimentale", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- SPA Spanish (Español) (Mónica Luz Alvarez Jiménez) , copyright © 2012, (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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The winter sky, so sweet, so sad, so slumbrous, where the sun wandered among pale mists, was like the sweet, deep feeling that made us happy in a melancholy way on that afternoon of kisses under the branches, dead branches not stirred by any breeze, black branches with a few withered leaves. Ah, how your lips were given to my lips more tenderly still in this great, mute woods and in this languor of the year's death, the death of everything except that I love you, and except for the happiness filling my soul, happiness that rests deep in this isolated soul, mysterious, peaceful and cool, like the pond that grew pale at the bottom of the pale valley.
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- a text in French (Français) by Paul Bourget (1852 - 1935), "Paysage sentimental", written 1882, appears in Les Aveux, in Amour, no. 11, Paris, Éd. Alphonse Lemerre, first published 1882
This text was added to the website: 2010-09-02
Line count: 15
Word count: 119