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Trois Chants de Noel by Frank Martin

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Published on Apr 28, 2010

1. Les cadeaux
2. Image de Noel
3. Les bergers

Performed in French in partial fulfillment of the requirements for Miss Strimer's Bachelor of Arts in Musical Arts degree.

Miss Carissa Strimer, soprano
Mr. Andrew Ellison, piano
Mr. Nathan Muehl, flute

Trois Chants de Noel

I. Les Cadeaux

Jai vu trois rois sur le chemin.
Tous plus beaux les uns que les autres,
Ayant des cadeaux plein les mains.
A côté des leurs, que seront les nôtres?
Autant dire: rien!

Ils ont mis vers le petit prince
La myrrhe, lor et lencens.
Nos pauvres presents paraissaient bien minces
Pres des tresors de trois provinces.

Il a regardé les bijoux.
Nous, nous restions sans rien dire.
Puis Il a regardé vers nous.
Et son premier sourire
Fut pour nous.

I. The Gifts

I saw three kings on the road,
Each more beautiful than the others,
Bearing gifts, their hands were full.
Compared to theirs, what will ours be?
In a word: Nothing!

They have brought to the little prince
Myrrh, gold, and frankincense.
Our humble presents seem quite poor
Next to the treasures of three provinces.

He looks at the jewels.
We, we stand without speaking at all.
Then He looks towards us.
And His first smile
Was for us.

II. Image de Noël

Lenfant Jésus des images,
Le beau bébé rose et blanc
Tend ses deux poings vers les mages
Ou vers un berger tremblant.

Le boeuf, sans cérémonie,
Rumine en grondant un peu.
Et la Vierge en manteau bleu
Sourit à la compagnie.

II. Picture of Christmas

The baby Jesus of pictures,
The beautiful baby, pink and fair,
Stretches out his two fists to the Magi,
Or towards a trembling shepherd.

The oxen, without ceremony,
Chews while rumbling a little.
And the Virgin, in blue mantle,
Smiles at the company.

III. Les Bergers

Il nétait pas encor minuit,
Que la nouvelle étoile a lui
Pour éclairer la terre.
Puis soudain le ciel sentrouvrit,
Et vêtus de lumière,
On pouvait voir en Paradis,
Tous les anges réunis, en prière.

Par les déserts, marchant pieds nus,
Tous les bergers étaient venus
Jusquà la pauvre hutte.
Ils amusaient lenfant Jesus
Avec des airs de flûte.

Les anges chantaient: Gloria!
Et les pâtres: Hosanna! Alleluia!

III. The Shepherds

It was not yet midnight
When the new star over him
Began to illuminate the earth.
Then suddenly the heavens opened,
And, clothed in light,
We could see Paradise,
All the angels, gathered in prayer.

Through desert paths, walking barefoot,
All the shepherds have come
Up to the poor hut.
They are entertaining the baby Jesus
With their flute songs.

The angels are singing: Gloria!
And the shepherds: Hosanna! Alleluia!

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