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Tarentelle Op. 10 no.2

Tarentelle

Aux cieux la lune monte et luit.
Il fait grand jour en plein minuit.
Viens avec moi, me disait-elle
Viens sur le sable grésillant
Où saute et glisse en frétillant
La tarentelle...
Sus, les danseurs! En voila deux;
Foule sur l’eau, foule autour d’eux;
L’homme est bien fait, la fille est belle;
Mais gare à vous! Sans y penser,
C’est jeu d’amour que de danser
La tarentelle...
Doux est le bruit du tambourin!
Si j’étais fille de marin
Et toi pêcheur, me disait-elle
Toutes les nuits joyeusement
Nous danserions en nous aimant
La tarentelle...

Tarentelle

The moon rises bright in the sky,
Turning midnight into day.
Come with me, she said,
Come to the whirling sands
And the leaping, flashing and turning
Tarantella!
Come! Here are two dancers,
Thronged around in the water;
The man is well-built, the girl beautiful;
But look out! Before you are aware,
You’ll be playing with love if you dance
The tarantella!
Sweet is the sound of the drum!
If I were a sailor’s daughter
And you a fisherman, she said,
Every night, full of joy,
We’d love each other and dance
The tarantella!

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Composer

 

​"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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Poet

Marc Monnier was a French writer.

Monnier was born at Florence. His father was French, and his mother a Genevese; he received his early education in Naples, he then studied in Paris and Geneva, and he completed his education at Heidelberg and Berlin. He became professor of comparative literature at Geneva, and eventually vice-rector of the university. He died at Geneva on April 18, 1885.

He wrote a series of short, satirical, dramatic sketches collected as Théâtre de marionettes (1871), and stories, notably Nouvelles napolitaines (1879), numerous works on Italian history, a translation of Goethe's Faust, Genève et ses poètes (1873), etc. The first volume of his Histoire de la littérature moderne, La Renaissance, de Dante a Luther (1884), was crowned by the French Academy.

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