Demain, dès l'aube
for bass baritone and piano
pour Jean Teitgen avec mon admiration
dès l'aube, à l'heure où blanchit la campagne,
Je partirai. Vois-tu, je
sais que tu m'attends.
J'irai par la forêt, j'irai par la montagne.
ne puis demeurer loin de toi plus longtemps.
Je marcherai les yeux
fixés sur mes pensées,
Sans rien voir au dehors, sans entendre aucun
Seul, inconnu, le dos courbé, les mains croisées,
Triste, et le
jour pour moi sera comme la nuit.
Je ne regarderai ni l'or du soir
Ni les voiles au loin descendant vers Harfleur,
j'arriverai, je mettrai sur ta tombe
Un bouquet de houx vert et de
bruyère en fleur.
[ 4 pages,
circa 3' 55" ]
Tomorrow, at dawn, at
the hour when the countryside is alit,
I will leave. See here, you know
what I must do.
I will go through the forest, I will go across the
I will not remain far from you for long.
I will trudge
on with eyes fixed on my thoughts,
Without seeing what it outside of me,
without hearing any noise,
Alone, unknown, bent, with crossed hands,
Sad, and the day will be for me as night.
I will not notice either
the golden sunset as night falls,
Nor the distant mist which descends
And when I arrive, I will place on your grave
of holly and heather in bloom.
the mourner must cross mountains and through forests with but a constant
grief as his companion, the chords which form the accompaniment are few,
dreary and repetitive, altered merely in their voicing. The vocal line
begins at its height and descends without stopping to the lowest in the
tessitura, before rising again, and the treatment of the strophes is the
generally same, for such is the experience of relentless grief.
The song is written
for Jean Teitgen, a wonderful bass baritone from Normandy, who sang a warm
and lyrical Philebos in Der König Kandaules. Having watched his work
in rehearsals and performances alike, it was a necessity to compose this for
him. The choice of Hugo's text was his, offered without hesitation which
demonstrated his admiration for this poem. I wish him much success in his
career as singer and actor.
The score is available as a free PDF download, though any major commercial
performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior arrangement
with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this piano-vocal score.
Demain, dès l'aube