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Air vif (1927) FP46


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Airs chantés (FP46)


Air vif

Le trésor du verger et le jardin en fête,
Les fleurs des champs, des bois
éclatent de plaisir
Hélas! et sur leur tête le vent enfle sa voix.
Mais toi, noble océan
que l’assaut des tourmentes
Ne saurait ravager,
Certes plus dignement lorsque tu te lamentes
Tu te prends à songer.

Lively Air

The treasures of the orchard and the festive garden,
The flowers of the field, of the woods
Burst forth with pleasure
Alas! and above their head the wind swells its voice.
But you, noble ocean whom the assault of storms
Cannot ravage,
You will assuredly, with more dignity,
Lose yourself in dreams when you lament.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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Composer

Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (F7 January 1899 – 30 January 1963) was a French composer and pianist. His compositions include mélodies, solo piano works, chamber music, choral pieces, operas, ballets, and orchestral concert music.

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