Spleen (Aquarelle)

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Spleen (Aquarelle), From Ariettes oubliées, L.60, No. 6 - Claude Debussy


The roses were too red,
and the ivy too dark.

Dear, just one movement from you,
revives all of my despair.

The sky was too blue, too tender,
The sea too green and the air too sweet.

I fear all the time what might come -
some horrible flight from you.

Of the glossy-leaved holly,
and the shiny boxwood I am weary,

and of the endless countryside,
and of everything, except you…
(translation by Roxanna Walitzki)


Les roses étaient toutes rouges
Et les lierres étaient tout noirs.

Chère, pour peu que tu te bouges
Renaissent tous mes désespoirs.

Le ciel était trop bleu, trop tendre,
La mer trop verte et l'air trop doux.

Je crains toujours, -- ce qu'est d'attendre
Quelque fuite atroce de vous.

Du houx à la feuille vernie
Et du luisant buis je suis las,

Et de la campagne infinie
Et de tout, fors de vous.
Hélas !
(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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