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Adieu (1878) Op. 21 no.3

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Poème d'un jour (Op. 21)


Comme tout meurt vite, la rose déclose,
Et les frais manteaux diaprés des prés;
Les longs soupirs, les bien-aimées, fumées!
On voit dans ce monde léger changer
Plus vite que les flots des grèves, nos rêves,
Plus vite que le givre en fleurs, nos cœurs!
À vous l’on se croyait fidèle, cruelle,
Mais hélas! les plus longs amours sont courts!
Et je dis en quittant vos charmes, sans larmes,
Presqu’au moment de mon aveu, Adieu!


How swiftly all things die, the rose in bloom,
And the cool dappled mantle of the meadows;
Long-drawn sighs, loved ones, all smoke!
In this fickle world we see our dreams
Change more swiftly than waves on the shore,
Our hearts change more swiftly than frosted flowers!
To you I thought I would be faithful, cruel one,
But alas! the longest loves are short!
And I say, taking leave of your charms, without tears,
Almost at the moment of my avowal, Farewell!
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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​"Gabriel Urbain Fauré (12 May 1845 – 4 November 1924) was a French composer, organist, pianist and teacher. He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation, and his musical style influenced many 20th-century composers. Among his best-known works are his Pavane, Requiem, nocturnes for piano and the songs "Après un rêve" and "Clair de lune". Although his best-known and most accessible compositions are generally his earlier ones, Fauré composed many of his most highly regarded works in his later years, in a more harmonically and melodically complex style." (Wikipedia)

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Charles-Jean Grandmougin was a French poet and playwright. He lived in Paris. Two of his poems appeared in the third and final volume of Le Parnasse contemporain (1876). His poetry has been set as songs by composers including Fauré, Chaminade, Pierné and Bizet. He was more well known as a librettist and translator for operas and oratorios. He wrote the libretto for César Franck's opera Hulda, set in 11th-century Norway, and based on the play Lame Hulda (1858) by Norwegian writer Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson. He also wrote the libretto for La Vierge, an oratorio by Jules Massenet.

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