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Le collier (1936)

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Poèmes pour Mi

Le collier

Printemps enchaîné, arc-en-ciel léger du matin,
Ah! mon collier!
Ah! mon collier!
Petit soutien vivant de mes oreilles lasses,
Collier de renouveau, de sourire et de grâce,
Collier d'Orient, collier choisi, multicolore,
aux perles dures et cocasses!
Paysage courbe, épousant l'air frais du matin,
Ah! mon collier! Ah! mon collier!
Tes deux bras autour de mon cou, ce matin.

The necklace

Spring enchained, light rainbow of morning,
Ah! my necklace! Ah! my necklace!
Small living support of my weary ears,
Necklace of renewal, of smiles, of grace,
Oriental necklace, chosen, multicoloured
With hard, whimsical pearls!
Curving landscape, espousing the fresh morning air,
Ah! my necklace! Ah! my necklace!
Your two arms round my neck, this morning.
Translation © Richard Stokes, from A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)


Olivier Eugène Prosper Charles Messiaen was a French composer, organist, and ornithologist. He wrote music for chamber ensembles and orchestra, vocal music, as well as for solo organ and piano, and also experimented with the use of novel electronic instruments developed in Europe during his lifetime.

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