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A song from Célestine by Jean Paul Égide Martini (1741-1816)

爱情之乐” ( ) .狄佛罗里阑   


Tr. YK Chan 陈耀国译

Comments: This classical French love song (Joy of Love) was originally intended for the male voice singing about his lost love (of a woman named Sylvie).  However, there are many interpretations by female singers as shown in the links below.  I find that of Victoria de Los Angeles the most outstanding in portraying a languishing lover.  I am also surprised and impressed by the Chinese-Canadian countertenor, D. Kai Ma, in comparison with Elizabeth Schwarzkopf and Janet Baker.  The contralto voice of Marian Anderson gives a dark and heavy version.

Of the popular simplified English versions of this song, Joan Baez offers a sweet and meditative folksy soprano voice, which is self-accompanied on the guitar, singing the first and last stanza in French (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA63-slwZCs).  Elvis Presley sang the melody in the pop song “Can’t help falling in love”. 

Note that the reference to flowing water in the lyrics parallels that in Jia BaoYu’s singing of “Song of the Red Bean” in Dream of  Red Mansions.

Of the tenor voice, I prefer Fritz Wunderlich’s expression of lost love. 

Performed by Fritz Wunderlich (tenor): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kICm5Lb04c&feature=related

By Jose’ Van Dam (baritone): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9-N1JKWmtM&feature=related

By Tito Schipa (tenor): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88qCOensANw&feature=related

By Victoria de Los Angeles (soprano): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HU2yiR5DTyk&feature=related

or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CBbi3o8k7I

By D. Kai Ma (馬稚凱) (counter-tenor): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjA9wszGM0I or


By Elizabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjBNp07_qok&feature=related

By Janet Baker (mezzo): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWNiKOBu3jE&feature=related

By Marian Anderson (contralto): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L856hexNxUU&feature=related


Plaisir d’amour


ne dure qu’un moment,


Chagrin d’amour dure toute la vie.


J’ai tout quitté pour l’ingrate Sylvie.


Elle me quitte et prend un autre amant.


Plaisir d’amour ne dure qu’un moment,


Chagrin d’amour dure toute la vie.


Tant que cette eau coulera doucement


Vers ce ruisseau qui borde la prairie,


Je t’aimerai, me répétait Sylvie,


L’eau coule encore, elle a changé pourtant.



Plaisir d’amour



ne dure qu’un moment,


Chagrin d’amour dure toute la vie.


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