Tristesse de la lune
(Sadness of the moon)

    Baritone (or mezzo), flute and cello
Poem by Charles Baudelaire
Duration : 4’30
Commissioned by « Festival Olivier Messiaen au pays de la Meije »
First performance on july 25th 2009 in La Grave’s church by Didier Henry (baritone), Sandrine Tilly (flute), Alain Meunier (cello) and Anne Le Bozec (piano).

“Tristesse de la lune” (Cécile Madelin, mezzo-soprano) :

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Sadness of the moon (Tristesse de la lune)

Tonight the moon dreams with more indolence,
Like a lovely woman on a bed of cushions
Who fondles with a light and listless hand
The contour of her breasts before falling asleep;

On the satiny back of the billowing clouds,
Languishing, she lets herself fall into long swoons
And casts her eyes over the white phantoms
That rise in the azure like blossoming flowers.

When, in her lazy listlessness,
She sometimes sheds a furtive tear upon this globe,
A pious poet, enemy of sleep,

In the hollow of his hand catches this pale tear,
With the iridescent reflections of opal,
And hides it in his heart afar from the sun’s eyes.

(Charles Baudelaire)