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The coal seller (SCTB)

By Paul Ladmirault

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Composed by Paul Ladmirault. Vocal Score. Heugel & Cie #ALHE33624. Published by Heugel & Cie (BT.ALHE33624).

Item Number: BT.ALHE33624


Le Charbonnier is a song for SATB a cappella by Paul Ladmirault. The song was written with a main theme, two variations and a coda, and features a total of 5 verses. The lyrics remind us of a time when coal sellers came to town to sell merchandise.

To be sung a cappella, all in andantino, this song is very lyrical and has some polyphonic aspects and some merismas. Each verse contains different lyrics, all revolving around the coal seller and his life: 

- Verse 1: this verse settles the action, with the seller trying to sell coal in the city
- Verse 2: the seller is asked how much is the cost of a poundof coal
- Verse 3: he is asked where his wife is
- Verse 4: the beauty of his wife is highlighted
- Verse 5: the seller explains why his shirt is so black

Paul Ladmirault (1877-1944) was a French composer. He composed numerous pieces including: operas, ballets, orchestral works, chamber music and vocal music.

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