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Francis Poulenc - Les tisserands

from ET AMOR: songs celebrating queer love by Cor Flammae

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“Les tisserands” is the nal piece from Poulenc’s Chansons françaises, a set of eight folk songs composedin 1946 reflecting the patriotic sentiment of the postwar period by revisiting the French chanson tradition. The original folk songs were commonly known, and by using them as his source material, Poulenc evoked happier, pre-war times. The titular weavers in “Les tisserands” enjoy the pleasures of love and life without thought for consequences, as they know that “in plying the shuttle, good times will come.”


Les tisserands sont pir’ que les évèques:
Tous les lundis ils s’en font une fête.
Et tipe et tape et tipe et tape,
est-il trop gros, est-il trop fin.
Et couchés tard, levés matin.
En roulant la navette
le beau temps viendra.

Tous les lundis ils s’en font une fête.
Et le mardi ils ont mal à la tête.
Le mercredi ils vont charger leur pièce.
Et le jeudi ils vont voir leur maîtresse.
Le vendredi ils travaillent sans cesse.
Le samedi la pièce n’est pas faite.
Et le dimanche il faut de l’argent maître.

The weavers are worse than the bishops:
Every Monday they have a jolly time.
And tip and tap, and tip and tap,
Is it too coarse? Is it too fine?
Late in bed, early to rise,
In plying the shuttle
good times will come.

Every Monday they have a jolly time.
On Tuesday they have a headache.
On Wednesday they go to load their looms.
On Thursday they go to see their mistress.
On Friday they work without ceasing.
On Saturday their work is not quite finished.
And on Sunday money is needed, master.


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




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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