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Malgré Moi for string quintet (2 violins, 2 violas, cello)

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By David Warin Solomons

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Violin, Viola, Cello - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by David Warin Solomons (1953-). 21st Century, Neo-Classical. Score, Set of Parts. 15 pages. Published by David Warin Solomons (S0.652977).

Item Number: S0.652977

Instrumental quintet inspired by Jacques Prévert's poem Malgré Moi
The pdf contains SCORE and PARTS
The sound sample is an electronic preview

This version is based on the setting for 5 cellos (also available on this site). The violas and cello are pizzicato throughout.

Based on a setting of a poem by Jacques Prévert

Embauché malgré moi  ... Taken on, against my will,
dans l'usine à idées ... at the thought factory,
j'ai refusé de pointer ...I refused to clock on
Mobilisé de même     ... Conscripted just the same
dans l'armée des idées ...into the thought army
j'ai déserté          ...I deserted
Je n'ai jamais compris ...I've never understood
grand-chose           ...important things
Il n'y a jamais      ....There is never
grand-chose           ...important things
ni petite chose       ...nor little details
Il y a autre chose.   ...there's something else

Autre chose           ...something else
c'est ce que j'aime   ...that's what I like
qui me plaît          ...what pleases me
et que je fais.       ...and what I do
Embauché malgré moi   ...Taken on, against my will...

In this poem Prévert claims he was recruited to the factory or army of ideas
(ie to go along with the masses), but prefers to go his own way: "autre chose" - the other - is what he likes.

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