by Francis Poulenc From Fiançailles pour Rire (1939) FP 101

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English translation © Richard Stokes

Loving couple of misapprehended sounds
Violin and player please me.
Ah! I love these long wailings
Stretched on the string of disquiet,
To the sound of strung-up chords
At the hour when Justice is silent
The heart, shaped like a strawberry,
Gives itself to love like an unknown fruit.

Translations by Richard Stokes, from A French Song Companion (Oxford, 2000)


English source: Richard Stokes

This text is still in copyright.
Loving couple of misapprehended sounds


Francis Poulenc

Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (F7 January 1899 – 30 January 1963) was a French composer and pianist. His compositions include mélodies, solo piano works, chamber music, choral pieces, operas, ballets, and orchestral concert music. Read the full…

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