C'est l'extase langoureuse

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C'est l'extase langoureuse, From Ariettes oubliées, L. 60, No. 1 - Claude Debussy


It is languorous ecstasy,
it is amorous fatigue.
It is the rustling of the woods,
in the embrace of the breezes.
It comes from the grey branches above:
a chorus of soft voices.

Oh, the frail and fresh murmur!
It warbles and whispers,
resembling the soft cry
exhaled by rustled grasses…
You might say, under the flowing water,
the muted sound of rolling pebbles.

This soul, which laments,
with this dormant moan:
it is ours, is it not?
Mine, and yours -
which exhales the humble anthem,
on this mild evening, so softly.
(translation by Roxanna Walitzki)


C'est l'extase langoureuse,
C'est la fatigue amoureuse,
C'est tous les frissons des bois
Parmi l'étreinte des brises,
C'est vers les ramures grises
Le choeur des petites voix.

O le frêle et frais murmure !
Cela gazouille et susurre,
Cela ressemble au cri doux
Que l'herbe agitée expire...
Tu dirais, sous l'eau qui vire,
Le roulis sourd des cailloux.

Cette âme qui se lamente
En cette plainte dormante
C'est la nôtre, n'est-ce pas ?
La mienne, dis, et la tienne,
Dont s'exhale l'humble antienne
Par ce tiède soir, tout bas.
(text by Paul Verlaine)


from Exquisite Corpse, released May 20, 2016
Original composition by Claude Debussy
Arranged, produced, performed, & recorded by Roxanna Walitzki
Artwork by Redd Walitzki (reddwalitzki.com)
Translations by Roxanna Walitzki
Guitar by Anomie Belle
Mixed & Mastered by Roxanna Walitzki & Anomie Belle



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Roxanna integrates experimental elements from electronic and ambient music into her arrangements of classical songs, producing a delicate world of imagined-sound to match her uniquely ethereal aesthetic.

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