Composed by Claude Debussy
Arranged by Alan Raines
Voicing: SSA
Instrumentation: piano
Catalog number: AMP 0561
Price: $1.70

Text by Paul Verlaine
Music by Claude Debussy

Les donneurs de sérénades			The serenaders
Et les belles ecouteuses			and the lovely listeners
échangent de propos fades			exchange sweet nothings
Sous les ramures chanteuses.			beneath the singing branches.

C'est Tircis et c'est Aminte,			It is Tircis and Aminte,
Et c'est l'éternal Clitandre,			and the eternal Clitandre,
E c'est Damis qui pour mainte			and Damis, who for many
Cruelle fait maint vers tendre. 		a cruel fair one writes many a tender verse.

Leurs courtes vestes de soie,			Their short silken doublets,
Leurs longues robes à queues,		their long trailing dresses,
Leur élégance, leur joie,			their elegance, their joy,
Et leurs molles ombres bleues,		and their soft blue shadows

Tourbillonnent dans l'extase			whirl in the ecstasy
D'une lune rose et grise,			of a pink and grey moon,
Et la mandoline jase			and the mandoline chatters
Parmi les frissons de brise.			amid the quivering of the breeze.

Alan Raines, Director of Choral Activities at Baylor University,
is a frequent guest conductor and sought-after clinician,
conducting all-state and honor choirs throughout much of the
United States. His guest appearances abroad have taken him to
South Korea, Europe and Russia. Dr. Raines's choirs have performed for
regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association
and the Georgia Music Educators Association. He is also a member of
the conducting faculty at the summer festival La Musica Lirica in Urbania, Italy.

recording performed by The Georgia State University Women's Chorus
Atlanta, Georgia
Alan Raines, conducting

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