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Jean Baptiste Lully - Aimons sans cesse; courons à la chasse

from ET AMOR: songs celebrating queer love by Cor Flammae

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Roughly based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Isis combines figures from Greek and Egyptian mythology, telling the story of how the nymph Io is transformed into the goddess Isis, after the god Jupiter falls in love with her and she is tormented by his jealous wife Juno. The story created a scandal at court, when it was assumed to be a metaphor about royal favouritism and jealous competition between two of Louis XIV’s mistresses. “Aimons sans cesse” takes place in Act 3, in a scene where the god Pan pursues the nymph Syrinx, attempting to convince her to become his lover, and their followers debate the pleasures and pains of loving without restraint.

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Aimons sans cesse.
N’aimons jamais.
Cédons à l’amour qui nous presse. Pour vivre heureux, aimons sans cesse.
Pour vivre en paix, n’aimons jamais.
Aimons sans cesse.
N’aimons jamais.
Le chagrin suit toujours les coeurs que l’amour blesse.
La tranquille sagesse n’a que des plaisirs imparfaits.
Aimons sans cesse.
N’aimons jamais.
On ne peut aimer sans faiblesse.
Que cette faiblesse a d’attraits.
Faut-il qu’en vain discours un si beau jour se passe? Mes compagnes, courons dans le fond des forêts. Voyons qui d’entre nous se sert mieux de ses traits.
Courons à la chasse! All: Courons à la chasse!
Pourquoi me suivre de si près? Pan: Pourquoi fuir qui vous aime?
Un amant m’embarasse! All: Courons à la chasse!

Let us love without ceasing. Let us never love!
Let us give in to love which urges us on. To live in happiness, love always.
To live in peace, never love.
Always love! Never love!
Grief always follows those whose hearts have been wounded by love.
Quiet wisdom offers but imperfect pleasures.
Always love! Never love!
You can’t love without being weak. But that weakness has its attractions.
Why spend such a beautiful day in hopeless discourse? Companions, let us run deep into the forest. We’ll see who among us is the best! Let’s go hunting!
Off to the chase! Why are you following me so closely?
Why are you running from the one who loves you?
A lover would embarrass me! Off to the chase!

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from ET AMOR: songs celebrating queer love, released August 9, 2017

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Cor Flammae Vancouver, British Columbia

Cor Flammae is Vancouver's summer chorus of classically trained, queer singers, performing queer content. Composed from the ranks of the city's top-flight choral ensembles and singers, the choir seeks to reveal the hidden queer heritage often ignored in the conservative world of classical music. ... more

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