Cypress Choral Music La belle se promene - Traditional/Quinlan - SSAA

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Music: Canadian Folk Song
Arranger: Meghan Quinlan
Format: Choral Octavo
Voicing: SSAA a cappella

This Canadian folksong tells of the love between a beautiful women and her young sailor. Meghan gives a skillful and intriguing approach to the plaintive Acadian dorian melody.

La belle se promene tells the story of an encounter between a beautiful girl and a sailor on the banks of a river. Originally a French folk song-an alternative lyric places the strangers' meeting on the Loire river-it was brought to Canada by French settlers, where it was absorbed and adapted into Acadian culture. This arrangement casts the story in a dream-like atmosphere: its opening evokes the banks of a more solitary river, hidden away in green forests. Moving from the charged stillness of the girl's encounter with nature to the thrill of meeting a stranger-and sailing away with him-the arrangement provides a full palette of expressive colours. In order to join the sailor on his journey, the girl asks him to teach her the song he's singing. For the girl, singing is a means of both getting to know and of escaping into the unknown, leaving her past life behind like a dream.
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