Affiches de Paris : Three Parisian poster songs
by David Kram (2000)
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Library shelf no. 783.66542/KRA 2 [Available for loan]
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.
Instrumentation: Soprano or mezzo-soprano, piano.
Duration: 6 min.
Contents note: 1. Paris, jadis (Paris, in times gone by) -- 2. Merline -- 3. Chérette.
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Influenced by the cabaret songs of Satie and Poulenc.
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