Piano part from Je ne songeais pas à Rose (D’Erlanger / Victor Hugo))

Vieille chanson du jeune temps

Composer
Music by Frédéric D’Erlanger (1868-1943)
Publisher
Duration
2 minutes
Genre
Classical music
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This delightful poem by Victor Hugo, dated 1855, has also been set in music by Léo Delibes, Emile Pessard, Charles-Marie Widor and Alain Jacques among others. The original poem had 9 stanzas, each of 4 verses, and D’Erlanger kept only the 1st, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th. The complete version was retained by Emile Pessard, Charles-Marie Widor and Alain Jacques (cf scores on ScoreExchange). Translation (AJ):

I was not thinking about Rose, Rose, to the woods, came with me; We were talking about something, But I don’t remember what.

A stream was running fresh and hollow On the velvety mosses, And nature in love Was sleeping in the big muffled woods.

Rose undid her shoe And put, with a naive gesture, Her little foot in the clear water. I did not see her naked foot!

I did not know what to say to her, I was following her in the wood, Seeing her sometimes smiling And sometimes sighing.

I only saw that she was beautiful When we left the muffled woods. "OK, let’s stop thinking about it" she said. Since, I keep thinking about it, always!

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