Le Bouquet for 2 violas
by David Warin Solomons
Viola Solo - Digital Sheet Music

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Composed by David Warin Solomons. 20th Century,Contemporary. Individual part. 5 pages. David Warin Solomons #4614111. Published by David Warin Solomons (A0.580415).

Duo inspired by a poem by Jacques Prévert:

Le Bouquet
Que faites-vous là petite fille
Avec ces fleurs fraîchement coupées?
Que faites-vous là jeune fille
Avec ces fleurs ces fleurs séchées?
Que faites-vous là jolie femme
Avec ces fleurs qui se fanent?
Que faites-vous là vieille femme
Avec ces fleurs qui meurent?

J'attends le vainqueur

[What are you doing there, little girl,
With those freshly cut flowers ?
What are you doing there, young girl,
With those dried flowers ?
What are you doing there, pretty woman,
With those faded flowers ?
What are you doing there, old woman,
With those dying flowers ?

I'm waiting for the victorious one]

In my mind there were initially several possible interpretations of the poem
My original thoughts were that "le vainqueur" means the conquering Christ
and that the woman is waiting all her life with
flowers before a church - waiting in vain for her saviour
another possibility is that the woman is waiting for the winner of her affections
it could even be that "le vainqueur" refers to the invading German army
but this would not explain the fact that she waits all her life
but, finally, as Raphaèle Larazoni suggests,
(and more plausibly in view of other poems by Prévert)
the "vainqueur" is simply the winner in a war
 - there is never really a winner in a war,
so the woman waits all her life in vain.

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