This session saw the arrival of Eamon’s new baroque guitar, pictured below with its pals. To celebrate we played an old favourite, the Autre Chaconne by superstar guitarist Francesco Corbetta (c.1615-1681), a celebrated musician in courts all over Europe.
Again featuring the guitar, we returned to the DeVisee suite, making some further choices about the arrangement; Schop’s Lachrimae also got a play – it seems more rewarding every time.
Pour chanter le retour Du jour,
L’oiseau plus ne sommeille;
Dès l’aurore il s’éveille,
Pour chanter le retour du jour.
Sa voix douce et si pure,
Et l’onde qui murmure
Raniment la nature. Raniment la nature.
Salut! salut! petit oiseau Si beau!
L’écho des bois repète
Ta douce chansonnette;
J’aime ton chant nouveau, Si beau.
Caché sous la feuillage,
Par ton tendre ramage
Tu ravis le bocage. Tu ravis le bocage.
Adieu! adieu! petit oiseau Si beau!
Je viendrai dès l’aurore
Pour t’écouter encore
Adieu! petit oiseau Si beau!
À bénir tu m’engages,
Dieu qui fit le bocage,
Dieu qui fit le bocage, Et ton si doux ramage.
To welcome the day with song,
The bird no longer sleeps;
At dawn he awakes,
To sing the return of day.
His voice – so soft and pure –
and the murmuring waves
reanimate nature. Reanimate nature.
Hello! Hello! little bird So beautiful!
The woods echo
Your sweet song;
I love your new song So beautiful.
Hidden under the foliage,
You delighted the grove with your tender warbling. You delighted the grove.
Farewell! farewell! little bird So beautiful!
I will return at dawn
To listen to you again
Farewell! little bird So beautiful!
God who made the grove, you brought me here to bless me;
God made the grove, And your sweet warbling.
Berlioz’ Petit Oiseau is taking shape nicely, pushing us more in a folksy direction (it is after all subtitled “chanson de pays”) and we followed this direction further with a set of O’Carolan tunes: Planxty Browne, Carolan’s Farewell to Music and Sí Beag Sí Mór. The Farewell is his final composition, and Sí Beag is said to have been his first. The loose shape we put on these tunes leaves plenty of room for spontaneity.
- Malachy 28/4/16