Saturday, March 10, 2007

Green

Voici des fruits, des fleurs, des feuilles et des branches,
Et puis voici mon cœur, qui ne bat que pour vous.
Ne le déchirez pas avec vos deux mains blanches,
Et qu’à vos yeux si beaux, l’humble présent soit doux!

J’arrive tout couvert encore de rosée
Que le vent du matin vient glacer à mon front.
Souffrez que ma fatigue, à vos pieds reposée,
Rêve des chers instants qui la délasseront.

Sur votre jeune sein laisser rouler ma tête,
Toute sonore encore de vos derniers baisers;
Laissez-la s'apaiser de la bonne tempête,
Et que je dorme un peu puisque vous reposez.

trans...

Here are fruits, flowers, leaves and branches,
and here, too, is my heart that beats only for you.
Do not destroy it with your two white hands,
and to your lovely eyes may the humble gift seem sweet!

I come still covered with dew
that the morning breeze has chilled on my brow.
Let my weariness, resting at your feet,
dream of dear moments which will bring repose.

On your young breast let me rest my head
still ringing with your last kisses;
let it be appeased after the good tempest,
that I may sleep a little as you rest.

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This poem by the French poet, Paul Verlaine, serves as the text for two of the songs Susan and I will be performing a week from tonight on our recital in Syracuse, NY. It's interesting that I didn't realize the green connection to St. Patrick's day until just now! Anyway, I thought I would include a link to recordings of both settings that Susan and I recorded in December 2005, while I was still in Madison. There is a huge gap of silence at the beginning of Green 1 (which is the Debussy). Green 2 (the Faure setting) begins much sooner. I hope you enjoy our performances!

Pam and Susan performing

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