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Thread #13384   Message #1469714
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
24-Apr-05 - 08:33 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Plaisir d'Amour
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Plaisir D'amour. Nana Maskouri
The original words by Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian, as set to music by Jean-Paul Schwarzendorf dit Martini, are those posted by Masato 22 Aug 03. The lyrics in the DT and Numachi contain errors that are not the fault of Joan Baez. Her version "eliminates the developmental sections of the original song, thereby transforming it from a 'through-composed' art song into a strophic folk-like song." "The Joan Baez Songbook," pp. 182-183; sheet music and the English version sung by her (she states that the English lyricist is not known to her).

Sheet music from La Bibliothèque nationale du Québec, with a history of the song: Plaisir d'amour may be seen here.

The lyrics used by Joan Baez leave out Silvie; Joan sings the first two lines in French and then sings the English portion shown in the DT and Numachi, which would better be titled "My Love Loves Me."

New address:
The great recording by Armand Gauthier (Col. 34076) may now be heard at Plaisir d'amour
In all, ten of the Gauthier recordings, 1927, from the Col. 34070-34084 sequence (Realplayer), are at this Bibliothèque nationale de Qué'bec (Canada) site.