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La Danseuse aux crotales (1901)


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Musique de scène pour les Chansons de Bilitis


La Danseuse aux crotales

Tu attaches à tes mains légères tes crotales
retentissants, Myrrhinidion ma chérie, et à
peine nue hors de la robe, tu étires tes
membres nerveux. Que tu es jolie, les bras en
l'air, les reins arqués et les seins rouges!
Tu commences: tes pieds l'un devant l'autre se
posent, hésitent, et glissent mollement. Ton
corps se plie comme une écharpe, tu caresses
ta peau qui frissonne, et la volupté inonde tes
longs yeux évanouis.
Tout à coup, tu claques des crotales! Cambretoi
sur les pieds dressés, secoue les reins, lance
les jambes et que tes mains pleines de fracas
appellent tous les désirs en bande autour de ton
corps tournoyant!
Nous, applaudissons à grands cris, soit que,
souriant sur l'épaule, tu agites d'un
frémissement ta croupe convulsive et musclée,
soit que tu ondules presque étendue, au
rhythme de tes souvenirs.

The Dancer of Crotales

You attach to your light hands your resounding
crotales (ancient metal castanets),
Myrrhinidion my dear, and taking off your
robe you stretch your nervous limbs. How
pretty you are, your arms in the air, your
arched hips and red breasts.
You begin: your feet one in front of the other
posing, hesitant, and softly slide. Your body
bends like a scarf, you caress your shivering
skin, and the volumptousness floods your long
hidden eyes.
All of a sudden you slap the crotales! Bend on
raised feet, shake your hips, fling your legs and
may your hands full of clamour call all the
desires grouped around your turning body!
We applaud with great cries, whether smiling
over your shoulder, you shake and quiver your
convulsive and muscular rear, or whether you
undulate almost sprawling to the rhythm of
your memories.

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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

Pierre Louÿs was a French poet and writer, best known for his classical themes and sensual style.

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