La Sauterelle (Francis Poulenc)

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Contributor: David Newman (submitted 2008-07-29).  Score information: Letter, 1 page, 38 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Edition in D flat minor. The edition from which these songs were taken had English words above the staff, and German words below the French. Both the German and English translations were removed for Art Song Central, under the assumption that users would want to sing the original French, and thus removing a distraction and leaving extra room to write in IPA and/or a literal translation.

General Information

Title: La Sauterelle
Composer: Francis Poulenc
Lyricist: Guillaume Apollinaire

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Soprano solo
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1920 in Le Bestiaire, no. 3
Description: Number 3 in the song cycle "Le Bestiaire (ou Cortège d’Orphée)" published in 1920 by French music publisher "Editions Max Eschig" and is Copyright 1920 by Les Editions de La Sirène. This "song cycle" of miniature songs was written early in Poulenc's career. It is perhaps an extreme case of the disparity between US Copyright law and that of countries which base their copyrights on death dates. Users outside the US should be especially cautious to consult the laws of their own country before downloading these songs.

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Voici la fine sauterelle,
La nourriture de Saint Jean.
Puissent mes vers être comme elle,
Le régal des meilleures gens.

English.png English translation

Behold the delicate grasshopper,
Whose cousin, the locust, fed John the Baptist.
May my verses be like him,
a repast for the discerning.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank