Mandoline

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

Mandoline
Text by Paul Verlaine
Music by Claude Debussy

Les donneurs de sérénades
Et les belles ecouteuses
échangent de propos fades
Sous les ramures chanteuses.

C'est Tircis et c'est Aminte,
Et c'est l'éternal Clitandre,
E c'est Damis qui pour mainte
Cruelle fait maint vers tender.

Leurs courtes vestes de soie,
Leurs longues robes à queues,
Leur élégance, leur joie,
Et leurs molles ombres bleues,

Tourbillonnent dans l'extase
D'une lune rose et grise,
Et la mandoline jase
Parmi les frissons de brise.
       The serenaders
and the lovely listeners
exchange sweet nothings
beneath the singing branches.

It is Tircis and Aminte,
and the eternal Clitandre,
and Damis, who for many
a cruel fair one writes many a tender verse.

Their short silken doublets,
their long trailing dresses,
their elegance, their joy,
and their soft blue shadows

whirl in the ecstasy
of a pink and grey moon,
and the mandoline chatters
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, conductor

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