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Fauré Dans les ruines d'une abbaye – Viola Solo & Piano

Edited by Donald McInnes

Title: Dans les ruines d'une abbaye
Composer: Gabriel Fauré
Instrument: Viola
Edited By: Donald McInnes
Instrumentation: Viola Solo with Piano
Pages: 5 including the viola and piano parts

Fauré's Dans les ruines d'une abbaye from his 2 Songs, Op. 2 has been arranged for viola solo and piano by the world-famous violist Donald McInnes, who held a professorship at the University of Southern California from 1985 to 2014 and is known in virtually every corner of the artistic world for his appearances with major orchestras, recitals, chamber music participation, and numerous master classes.

The first of Fauré's Two Songs, Op. 2, Dans les ruines d'une abbaye is a setting of a poem by Victor Hugo. The original lyrics paint the picture of newlyweds outdoors in springtime on the grounds of an old abbey, their vivacious peals of joy and laughter in defiant contrast to the sombre shadows cast by clerical history. Even the tombstones inscribed with crosses, and thoughts of the praying nuns of yore, cannot dampen this young couple’s fun and games.

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Below is the original French text by Victor Hugo.  An English translation is available here.

Seuls tous deux, ravis, chantants!
Comme on s’aime!
Comme on cueille le printemps
Que Dieu sème!

Quels rires étincelants
Dans ces ombres
Pleines jadis de fronts blancs,
De cœurs sombres!

On est tout frais mariés.
On s’envoie
Les charmants cris variés
De la joie.

Purs ébats mêlés au vent
Qui frissonne!
Gaîtés que le noir couvent

On effeuille des jasmins
Sur la pierre
Où l’abbesse joint ses mains
En prière.

Les tombeaux, de croix marqués,
Font partie
De ces jeux, un peu piqués
Par l’ortie.

On se cherche, on se poursuit,
On sent croître
Ton aube, amour, dans la nuit
Du vieux cloître.

On s’en va se becquetant,
On s’adore,
On s’embrasse à chaque instant,
Puis encore,

Sous les piliers, les arceaux,
Et les marbres.
C’est l’histoire des oiseaux
Dans les arbres.

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