Tuesday, June 13, 2006

HYMNE A L'AMOUR

This was originally a French song, written by Marguerite Monnot, words by Edith Piaf, a famous French songstress.


Edith Piaf: France's all time premiere chanteuse and national icon whose raw, emotional voice mirrored her extraordinary life of tragedy and triumph. This selection includes such Piaf classics as her self penned global hit "La Vie En Rose" and others including "Mon Legionnaire", "L'Accordeoniste" and the title track, written in memory of her boxer lover Marcel Cardan, killed in a plane crash.

This sheet music has words for both the French and the English version, but I can tell it is not a strict translation, since the French version begins with the words " The blue sky above us....." (at least I think that is what it says), and the English version reads " If the sun should tumble from the sky......."
It came out in 1919, if I am reading the roman numerals correctly (MCMXLIX).

10 comments:

ET said...

To hear Edith Piaf sing was an emotional exercise and I don't even know French.

colleen said...

Bing Crosby? Not me standing on my hands, but you prompted me to credit who is was!

bornfool said...

Actually Judy, I think the year is 1949. I believe L is 50. The X before it makes it 40. I could be wrong though.

PI said...

Just lost my comment so here I go again (about to take that road again)
Catching up and loved the cartoons.
Piaf has always been a favourite and I made a pilgramage to her grave in Paris but ooh la la she was very naughty.
One of my favourite poems is 'They are not long the days of wine and roses.' by Ernest Dowson.
So all in all I enjoyed that . Thank you Judy

Terri said...

Since I'm a confirmed Francophile, I've always adored Piaf. Have many of her CD's, visited her museum and grave in Paris. I also read a book about her...the name of it escapes me at the moment....she had quite a life, but certainly left her mark in Paris.

Duke_of_Earle said...

Judy,

Yup, 1949 it is. Edith was born in 1915. What a voice!

And "Der Bingle!" No man has the right to look and sound as good as he did!

John

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I love this song Judy...There was no one quite like Piaf! What a lot of heartbreak was in her voice...

Raehan said...

And that's Bing Crosby! My Dad used to tlk nostagically about the crooners.

Mamacita said...

This is one of my favorite songs. Have you heard Elaine Paige (as Piaf) sing it? Beautiful.

moon said...

I love Piaf aswell, I grew up listening to my mom play it all the time. My mom's family were all singers, so whenever they got together they would sing many french songs...some of Piaf's also. I will be going to France with my new husband next year so I hope to visit the museum. Since my hubby is from there I will have my own personal tour guide to all the good stuff lol.