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Il Est Un Air (A. Jacques / Nerval) - original version

There is a tune

Year of composition
Gérard de Nerval (1808-1855)
Easy (Grades 1-3)
2 minutes
Voice + guitar
Instrumental parts

Poem by Nerval written in 1832. Translation (AJ): 1. There is a tune, for which I would give All Rossini, all Mozart and all Weber; A tune very old, languishing and funereal, Which, for me only, has some secret charms.

2. Now, each time I come to hear it By two hundred years my soul gets younger: It’s under Louis the Thirteen, and I believe I see stretching A green hillside that the setting sun is turning yellow;

3. Then a castle in bricks and cornerstones, With glass windows stained with reddish colours, Surrounded by large parks with a river Washing its foot and flowing between flower beds.

4. Then a lady at her high window, Fair with dark eyes, in ancient clothes, Who, in another existence perhaps, I have already seen, and who I remember…

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