Saturday, October 20, 2012

Janine Jansen: Debussy's Beau Soir

Janine Jansen, accompanied by Itamar Golan, performs Claude Debussy's "Beau Soir" at Cité de la musique's Salle Pleyel in Paris, France, on May 13, 2011. Debussy was in his early twenties when he wrote this art song (around 1883); it is set to a poem by Paul Bourget

Beau Soir
By Paul Bourget

Lorsque au soleil couchant les rivières sont roses
Et qu'un tiède frisson court sur les champs de blé,
Un conseil d'être heureux semble sortir des choses
Et monter vers le coeur troublé.

Un conseil de goûter le charme d'être au monde
Cependant qu'on est jeune et que le soir est beau,
Car nous nous en allons, comme s'en va cette onde:
Elle à la mer, nous au tombeau.

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