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La dernière feuille (1880) Op. 2 no.4

La dernière feuille

Dans la forêt chauve et rouillée
II ne reste plus au rameau
Qu’une pauvre feuille oubliée,
Rien qu’une feuille et qu’un oiseau.
Il ne reste plus en mon âme
Qu’un seul amour pour y chanter;
Mais le vent d’automne, qui brame,
Ne permet pas de l’écouter.
L’oiseau s’en va, la feuille tombe,
L’amour s’éteint, car c’est l’hiver.
Petit oiseau, viens sur ma tombe
Chanter quand l’arbre sera vert.

The last leaf

In the bare and blighted forest
Nothing remains on the branches
Except a poor forgotten leaf -
Nothing but a leaf and bird.
Nothing remains in my soul
Except a lone love singing there;
But the howling autumn wind
Will not allow it to be heard.
The bird flies away, the leaf falls,
Love dies, for winter is come.
Little bird, alight on my tomb
And sing when the tree is green again.

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Composer

Amédée-Ernest Chausson was a French romantic composer. From 1886 until his death in 1899, Chausson was secretary of the Société Nationale de Musique, met with a number of notable figures during his short lifetime, including the composers Henri Duparc, Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy, and Isaac Albéniz, the poet Stéphane Mallarmé, the Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev, and the impressionist painter Claude Monet. He died at the age of 44 in bicycle accident.

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Poet

Pierre Jules Théophile Gautier was a French poet, dramatist, novelist, journalist, and art and literary critic.

While Gautier was an ardent defender of Romanticism, his work is difficult to classify and remains a point of reference for many subsequent literary traditions such as Parnassianism, Symbolism, Decadence and Modernism. He was widely esteemed by writers as diverse as Balzac, Baudelaire, the Goncourt brothers, Flaubert, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, Henry James, Proust and Oscar Wilde.

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