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Affiches de Paris : Three Parisian poster songs

by David Kram (2000)

Work Overview

These songs are inspired by a collection of posters "From Cheret to Toulouse-Lautrec" which was a travelling exhibition of the National Gallery of Australia. The first song 'Paris, jadis' is in the style of a nostalgic love poem. The second, 'Merline', is a cakewalk (even though Merline says "you should see me dance the can-can"). The third 'Cherette' imagines a tourist coming to Paris, meeting an artist (Cheret, an actual poster artist) modelling for him and ending up on a cabaret poster. The refrain of this number is actually a gallop (can-can) and quotes Offenbach in the postlude.

Work Details

Year: 2000

Instrumentation: Soprano or mezzo-soprano, piano.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: 1. Paris, jadis (Paris, in times gone by) -- 2. Merline -- 3. Chérette.

First performance: by Merlyn Quaife, David Kram — 9 Mar 00. Ballarat Art Gallery, Vic.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Influenced by the cabaret songs of Satie and Poulenc.

Performances of this work

9 Mar 00: Ballarat Art Gallery, Vic.. Featuring Merlyn Quaife, David Kram.

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