– The Raven and the Fox at the BAM! festival

Jean de la Fontaine (1621-1695) became world famous because of the stories, the fables he wrote. He was inspired by works from the old ages by, for example, Aesop and Horace. He was buried at “Père Lachaise” in Paris.

During our MaGMa Trio concerts on 5 and 6 October 2019 at the BAM! festival in La Roche-en-Ardenne, we will bring the fable “The Raven and the Fox” (“Le Corbeau et le Renard”) in hotel Floréal.

The Raven and the Fox will be brought in the French version and in Dutch. Marietje d’Hane-Scheltema made a beautiful translation from French into Dutch and Marco Kalkman, who will also accompany us at the “Four songs from the Ardennes”, composed music to it.

For a better understanding (and because it is a nice story), I will give you the translation into English of “Le Corbeau et le Renard”. In the Livre d’Or de la Chanson Française (tome 3) I found the music which we will use in the French version, composed by George Van Parys. He lived in Paris from 1902 till 1971. He is mainly known as composer for films, but also wrote operettas, chambre music and music for chansons. He was the one who composed the music for “Les Misérables”.

The Raven and the Fox

Mr. Raven was perched upon a limb,
And Reynard the Fox looked up at him;
For the Raven held in his great big beak
A morsel the Fox would go far to seek.
Said the Fox, in admiring tones:
“My word! Sir Raven, you are a handsome bird.
Such feathers! If you would only sing,
The birds of these woods would call you King.”
The Raven, who did not see the joke,
Forgot that his voice was just a croak.
He opened his beak, in his foolish pride—
And down fell the morsel the Fox had spied.
“Ha-ha!” said the Fox. “And now you see
You should not listen to flattery.
Vanity, Sir is a horrid vice—
I’m sure the lesson is worth the price.”

Enjoy this week!

Marijke Persijn

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