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D'Anne jouant de l'espinette (1896)

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Deux épigrammes de Clément Marot

D'Anne jouant de l'espinette

Lors que je voy en ordre la brunette,
Jeune, en bon poinct, de la ligne des dieux,
Et que sa voix, ses doits et l’espinette
Meinent un bruyct doulx et melodieux,
J’ay du plaisir et d’oreilles et d’yeulx
Plus que les sainctz en leur gloire immortelle,
Et autant qu’eulx je deviens glorieux
Dès que je pense estre un peu aymé d’elle.

On Anne playing the spinet

When I see my neat and dark-haired lady,
Young, comely, of divine lineage,
And when her voice, her fingers, and the spinet
Make a sweet melodious sound,
My ears and eyes know greater pleasure
Than the saints in their immortal glory:
And I become as glorious as they,
The moment I feel she loves me a little.
Translation © Richard Stokes author of A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)

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Joseph Maurice Ravel was a French composer, pianist and conductor.  In the 1920s and 1930s he was internationally regarded as France's greatest living composer. He was one of the first composers to acknowledge the potential of recording in making music accessible to a broad public, and in the 1920s several recordings of his work were made.

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