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Fauré – Une chatelaine dans sa tour
“Chatelaine dans sa tour” is one of two solo compositions Gabriel Fauré wrote for the harp. The piece is a miniature based on the poem “Une sainte en son auréole” by the famous symbolist poet Paul Verlaine. Its intimate and romantic feel evokes an image of “courtly love,” a love from afar.
A Saint in her halo,A Châtelaine in her tower,All that human words containOf grace and love;
The golden note of a hornIn forests far away,Blended with the tender prideOf noble Ladies of long ago;And then – the rare charmOf fresh, triumphant smile,Flowering in swan-like innocenceAnd the blushes of a child-bride;
A nacreous sheen of white and pink,A sweet patrician harmony –All these things I see and hearIn her Carolingian name.