Ode à Cassandre (A. Jacques / Ronsard) - original version

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This most famous poem by Ronsard ("Ode to Cassandra", 1545) has also been set in music many times e.g.: 1. Alfonso della Viola((c. 1508 - c. 1573): le Sacrificio, première pastorale en musique (1554). 2. Palestrina: Messe du pape Marcel (Avril 1555). 3. Guillaume Costeley (1530-1606): choeur à quatre parties pour l’Ode à Cassandre. 4. Jehan Chardavoine 1575 5. Richard Wagner: Lied pour voix et piano WWV 57, 1839-1840 6. Ernest Guiraud (1837–1892) 7. Cécile Chaminade (1857–1944)

Duration: 2’ 14" Translation: 1._Darling, let’s go and see if the rose That had opened this morning Its robe of crimson in the sun, Has kept this evening The folds of its purple robe And its complexion to yours alike.

2._Alas! see how in such a short space, Darling, it has over the place Alas! alas! its charms dropped! O truly cruel mother nature! Because such a flower only lasts From the morn to the eve!

3._Thus, if you trust me, darling, While your age still blooms In its greenest novelty, Gather, gather your youth: Like to this flower, old age Will tarnish your beauty.

Your beauty!

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Year of composition
Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585)
Easy (Grades 1-3)
2 minutes
Voice + guitar
Instrumental parts

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