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Discussions about the Imperial Family and European Royalty => Alexandra Feodorovna => Topic started by: PAGE on September 06, 2018, 04:48:42 AM

Title: "Partir c'est mourir un peu" Edmond Haraucourt
Post by: PAGE on September 06, 2018, 04:48:42 AM
In one of her letters to the emperor, Alexandra Feodorovna speaks of a French song. Emma Frederick gives it to him in 1916.

This song is the Rondel de l'adieu of Edmond Haraucourt (1856-1941). It is a poem first published in 1890, then set to music in 1902.

I found this version on youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vjqmXYS0ZQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vjqmXYS0ZQ)

However, I do not know if the music follows the original score of Francesco Tosti.
Title: Re: "Partir c'est mourir un peu" Edmond Haraucourt
Post by: Helen on September 09, 2018, 03:08:31 AM
I may be mistaken, but the pictures in this YouTube clip all seem to show the great Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel (19291978).
The music sounds too modern for Tosti's era. For the lyrics and Tosti's composition, see for example:
http://victorugo.blogspot.com/2014/01/edmond-haraucourt-rondel-de-ladieu.html ,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=45&v=4metr5jsMRc ,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxyaeRcsuPA
Title: Re: "Partir c'est mourir un peu" Edmond Haraucourt
Post by: PAGE on September 09, 2018, 12:37:34 PM
Yes, it's Jacques Brel in the pictures.

But the lyrics are from Haraucourt.

The voice is from Niki Romijn.

The music seems indeed too modern for Tosti.