Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Measha does Duparc

I decided on Duparc to accompany my walk this morning. This is Maesha Brueggergosman, soprano, accompanied by Justus Zeyen, piano, performing Henri Duparc's "Chanson Triste."

It means:

Moonlight slumbers in your heart,
A gentle summer moonlight,
And to escape the cares of life
I shall drown myself in your light.

I shall forget past sorrows,
My sweet, when you cradle
My sad heart and my thoughts
In the loving calm of your arms.

You will rest my poor head,
Ah! sometimes on your lap,
And recite to it a ballad
That will seem to speak of us;

And from your eyes full of sorrow,
From your eyes I shall then drink
So many kisses and so much love
That perhaps I shall be healed.

Duparc composed other things but is best known for 17 mélodies.

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