Fleurs (Francis Poulenc)


Dead Flower

Fleurs (Francis Poulenc, Louise Vilmorin)

From Fiançailles pour rire (6 mélodies) 1939 for medium Voice to Poèmes de Louise Vilmorin:
1. the Dame d’André – 2. Dans l’herbe – 3. Il vole – 4. Mon cadavre est doux comme un gant – 5. Violon – 6. Fleurs

“Fleurs” (text by Louise Vilmorin – in French and English)

Fleurs promises, fleurs tenues dans tes bras,

Promised flowers, flowers held in your arms, 

Fleurs sorties des parenthèses d’un pas,

Flowers from a step’s parentheses,

Qui t’apportait ces fleurs l’hiver

Who brought you these flowers in winter

Saupoudrés du sable des [read more…]

Fleurs (Francis Poulenc)2013-05-26T20:36:36+02:00

Sérénade (Francis Poulenc)


Sérénade – No.8 from the song cycle Chansons Gaillardes (1926) to an anonymous 17th Century text.

This charming Serenade rocks along in a gentle 6/8 rhythm, almost more lullaby than love song. Encountered more often in its cello transcription, divorced form the text, it is a sweet, seductive little miniature: a tasty petit-fours to slip in between larger items on the menu. The text however, is extremely sexually suggestive, positively dripping in double entendre. It might be possible to argue a case for reading things into it, if taking the poem on its own. Put it in the context of the [read more…]

Sérénade (Francis Poulenc)2013-05-20T19:52:09+02:00
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