Thank You! Help us keep this site free for everyone. The piece is 39 measures long and takes approximately two and a half minutes to play. It is in the key of G? Completed in January , it was published three months later and premiered in June of that same year.
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Although it was written for solo piano, different arrangements abound. The first version I heard, actually, was Joshua Bell on violin with orchestral accompaniment. Best of all, once the holidays had passed, the Christmas CDs shelved for the year, Mr. Or is that just me? Tell me some of you do the same. It always sounds fresh, nuanced, and ephemeral. This arrangement, for five cellos, is just stunning, fascinating to watch and listen. Such a rich sound, from cellos alone. Who knew?! Now for the poem.
English translation follows below. Ne dis pas non, fille cruelle! Ne dis pas oui! And now, the English version. Sitting amidst the alfalfa in flower, Who sings in the cool morning hour? It is the girl with the flaxen hair, The beauty with cherry lips so fair. Love, in the summer sun so bright, Sang with the lark for sheer delight. Your mouth has colors so divine, It tempts a kiss, o, were it mine! Do not say no, o cruel girl! Farewell to deer, farewell to hare! And to red partridges!
I shall dare a kiss of your crimson lips to steal, your flaxen locks to caress and feel! Which one is YOUR favorite?
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Debussy’s “Girl With the Flaxen Hair”