Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Quatre Poèmes

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Quatre Poèmes

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Poet Gabriel Mireval, born in Paris in 1932, was first interested in photography and optics. As he migrated through Switzerland and Poland and finally settled in Israel, taking the name Mikhael Galil, he always has written poetry. Several volumes of his poetry have been published, and the four poems of this set of songs reveal a wide range of subject matter, expressive imagery, and poetic technique.

The first poem ("Pas de patrie sans espoir"-"No fatherland without hope") is about writing poetry itself. A poem comes to the poet "like tears occur to others/ A poem comes to me like a very long thrill." The second poem ("Chaleur"-"Hot season") is only two lines and speaks of drinking pure water "flavor-tinged by the fresh wind of the hills." The third ("Parode et Paradie"-"Parade and Parody") has four stanzas, each of which has a different number of syllables per line. The fourth line of each stanza is an onomatopoetic one-syllable word that describes a sound of the parade. The fifth stanza has only two lines of different lengths. The cumulative effect both evokes and parodies the sights of a parade. In the fourth poem ("Tout ce qu'aimer ne veut pas dire"-"What love does not mean"), the lover uses the imagery of sea, sand, and space itself to say how much he wishes to caress his lover.

Composer Alexandre Rydin, born in Portugal of Swedish heritage, has lived in Switzerland since he was ten years old. …

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