Les berceaux

Composed by Gabriel Fauré
Arranged by Alan Raines
Voicing: SSA
Instrumentation: piano
Catalog number: AMP 0560
Price: $2.00

Les berceaux
Text by Sully Prudhomme
Music by Gabriel Fauré

About the Music

Fauré's interest in choral music was superceded by his love for chanson as evidenced by his output. His fascination for the texts he chose to set is clearly seen in the delicate melodies and subtle harmonies that surround them. Perhaps even more than that of Debussy, Fauré's chansons are in the hands of almost every young man and woman studying voice. They are the epitome of great literature for the young singer. The arranger set "Les Berceaux" with this in concept mind and to expose a wider audience to the beautiful lyricism of Gabriel Fauré.

Les Berceaux                       				The Cradles

Le long du quai, les grands vaisseaux,            Along the quay, the great ships,
Que la houle incline en silence,             		silently listing to the swell,
Ne prennent pas garde aux berceaux,            are unmindful of the cradles
Que la main des femmes balance.             	rocked by the women's hands.
Mais viendra le jour des adieux,             		But the day of parting will come,
Car il faut que les femmes pleurent,              for it must be that women weep,
Et que les hommes curieux,                   	and men with inquiring minds,
Tentent les horizons qui leurrent!               	attempt alluring horizons.
Et ce jour,la les grands vaisseaux,               	   And on that day the great ships,
Fuyant le port qui diminue,                  		leaving the port growing smaller in the
Sentent leur masse retenue                   		feel their hulls held back
Par l'c1me des lointains berceaux.                	by the soul of the distant cradles.

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