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Le matelot qui tombe à l'eau (Chanson Triste) (1882) L24

Le matelot qui tombe à l'eau (Chanson Triste)

On entend un chant sur l’eau
Dans la brune;
Ce doit être un matelot
Qui veut se jeter à l’eau
Pour la lune.
La lune éclaire le flot
Qui sanglote,
Le matelot tombe à l’eau …
On entend traîner sur l’eau
Quelques notes.

Sad Song

Singing is heard on the water
Through the mist;
It must be a sailor
Wanting to hurl himself into the water
For the moon.
The moon cleaves the waves,
The sobbing waves,
The sailor falls into the water …
A few notes are heard
Drifting across the water.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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Composer

(Achille) Claude Debussy was a French composer. He is sometimes seen as the first Impressionist composer, although he vigorously rejected the term. He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Poet

Maurice Bouchor was a French poet.


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