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RC 32 La chanson de l’hypertrophique (“C’est d’un’ maladie de coeur”)

text source

Jules Laforgue, La chanson du petit hypertrophique, in La Revue blanche Vol. 5/8 (1 August 1895), 117-118

publications

  • Complete Songs for Solo Voice and Piano Vol. 6 Donemus / Alphons Diepenbrock Fonds 10109434
  • La chanson de l’hypertrophique De Kroniek 32473914 1895-08-25 00:00:00.0

  • La chanson de l’hypertrophique (“C’est d’un’ maladie de coeur”)
  • Laforgue, Jules
  • middle voice and piano
  • 1895-08-22 00:00:00.0
  • duration 3:30

In the Chanson du petit hypertrophique (Song of the Little Hypertrophic) by Jules Laforgue (1860-1887) a morbidly fat boy is portrayed, with a yellow face and unsteady step, the laughing-stock of the street. He is secretly in love but realises that, like his mother, he will die young. He thinks that the pounding of his heart is her enticing voice. Diepenbrock read the wry text in an article in the cultural and literary magazine De Kroniek of 18 August 1895. The article was a response to the publication of some letters and unknown works by the symbolist poet Jules Laforgue in the French literary and arts magazine La Revue blanche. Diepenbrock greatly admired Laforgue, the contemplative Hamlet searching for the criterion of human certainty.1 (VG:65) His setting of the poem, dated 22 August 1895, appeared as an appendix to the 25 August edition of De Kroniek. …more >

Chanson de l'hypertrophique (incipit)


In the Chanson du petit hypertrophique (Song of the Little Hypertrophic) by Jules Laforgue (1860-1887) a morbidly fat boy is portrayed, with a yellow face and unsteady step, the laughing-stock of the street. He is secretly in love but realises that, like his mother, he will die young. He thinks that the pounding of his heart is her enticing voice. Diepenbrock read the wry text in an article in the cultural and literary magazine De Kroniek of 18 August 1895. The article was a response to the publication of some letters and unknown works by the symbolist poet Jules Laforgue in the French literary and arts magazine La Revue blanche. Diepenbrock greatly admired Laforgue, the contemplative Hamlet searching for the criterion of human certainty.1 (VG:65) His setting of the poem, dated 22 August 1895, appeared as an appendix to the 25 August edition of De Kroniek.

The strophic song with simple accompaniment, which is consistent with the folk-like character of the text, stands alone among Diepenbrock’s compositions of his early period. The composer envisioned a rendition in the style of the famous songster Yvette Guilbert, whom he had heard during a visit to Paris in 1891. He wrote:

It should not be sung. It is more like a lugubrious cabaret ditty with very poignant words. The music is nothing, it contains the absolute minimum of music and that was the difficulty. (BD III:192)

Ton Braas

1 This profile of Laforgue is from Diepenbrock’s article ‘Schemeringen’, published in De Nieuwe Gids of August 1893.

 



C’est d’un’ maladie d’ coeur
Qu’est mort’, m’a dit l’ docteur,
Tir-lan-laire!
Ma pauv’ mère ;
Et que j’irai là-bas,
Fair’ dodo z’avec elle.
J’entends mon cœur qui bat,
C’est maman qui m’appelle!

On rit d’ moi dans les rues,
De mes min’s incongrues
La-i-tou!
D’enfant saoul ;
Ah! Dieu! C’est qu’à chaqu’ pas
J’étouff’, moi, je chancelle!
J’entends mon cœur qui bat,
C’est maman qui m’appelle!

Aussi j’ vais par les champs
Sangloter aux couchants,
La-ri-rette!
C’est bien bête.
Mais le soleil, j’ sais pas,
M’ semble un coeur qui ruisselle!
J’entends mon coeur qui bat,
C’est maman qui m’appelle!

Ah! si la p’tit’ Gen’viève
Voulait d’ mon coeur qui s’ crève.
Pi-lou-i!
Ah, oui!
J’ suis jaune et triste, hélas!
Elle est ros’, gaie et belle!
J’entends mon cœur qui bat,
C’est maman qui m’appelle!

Non, tout l’ monde est méchant,
Hors le coeur des couchants,
Tir-lan-laire!
Et ma mère,
Et j’ veux aller là-bas
Fair’ dodo z’avec elle...
Mon coeur bat, bat, bat, bat...
Dis, Maman, tu m’appelles?


  • SL-13

    notebook Ancient Greek grammar (Grieksche Grammatica), 24-27

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  • Complete Songs for Solo Voice and Piano Vol. 6

    1998 Donemus / Alphons Diepenbrock Fonds Braas, Ton
  • La chanson de l’hypertrophique

    1895-08-25 00:00:00.0 De Kroniek

25 aug 1895 La chanson de l'hypertrophique verschijnt in druk als bijvoegsel van De Kroniek (jrg. I no. 35).

De Kroniek van deze week heeft als Bijvoegsel een Liedje uit de Re­vue Blanche van Augustus, la Chanson de l'Hypertrophique, van den dikken jongen, spot der straat, met zijn geel gezicht, zijn wankelenden gang... stil verliefd op de kleine Geneviève ... vroeg bestemd voor het graf waar zijn moeder hem roept... Een brok ordinair straat-leven, een stuk menschen-smart, door Jules Laforgue in woorden, door Alphons Diepenbrock in toon gezet, met véél gevoel voor het fijn uitdrukken, voor wat zoo gewoon is en toch zoo droef.

Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant, 27 augustus 1895

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