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Sequana: The Legend of the Seine River


May 19, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

À la Chandeleur

À la Chandeleur, l’hiver se meurt ou prend vigueur.
At Candlemas, the winter either dies away or gets stronger.

À la Chandeleur, au grand jour, les grandes douleurs.
Candlemas, everyone knows, brings great sorrows.

Chandeleur couverte, quarante jours de perte
Candlemas covered (in snow), forty days lost

À la Chandeleur, grande neige et froideur.
At Candlemas, great snow and cold.

À la Chandeleur, le froid fait douleur.
At Candlemas, the cold is pain.

Rosée à la Chandeleur, l’hiver à sa dernière heure.
If there’s dew at Candlemas, winter is almost over.

Si la chandelle est belle et claire, nous avons l’hiver derrière.
If the “candle” is beautiful and clear, we have left winter behind.

Chandeleur à ta porte, c’est la fin des feuilles mortes.
When Candlemas comes your door, it’s the end of dead leaves.

Candlemas – La Fête de la Chandeleur

February 2, 2020 at 2:02 am Leave a comment

L’odeur de mon pays était dans une pomme

Lucie Delarue-Mardrus

Lucie DELARUE-MARDRUS (Ferveur, 1902)

L’odeur de mon pays était dans une pomme.
Je l’ai mordue avec les yeux fermés du somme,
Pour me croire debout dans un herbage vert.
L’herbe haute sentait le soleil et la mer,
L’ombre des peupliers y allongeaient des raies,
Et j’entendais le bruit des oiseaux, plein les haies,
Se mêler au retour des vagues de midi…

Combien de fois, ainsi, l’automne rousse et verte
Me vit-elle, au milieu du soleil et, debout,
Manger, les yeux fermés, la pomme rebondie
De tes prés, copieuse et forte Normandie ?…
Ah! je ne guérirai jamais de mon pays!
N’est-il pas la douceur des feuillages cueillis
Dans la fraîcheur, la paix et toute l’innocence?

Et qui donc a jamais guéri de son enfance ?…


September 12, 2019 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment


Details make perfection and perfection isn’t just a detail.

Leonardo Da Vinci


September 4, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Dancing Cat Street

L’Anglais qui, comme la montagne
N’enfanta qu’un pauvre rat
Dans sa malouine campagne
Ne fit mourir qu’un pauvre chat

The Englishmen who, like the proverbial mountain
Only brought forth one poor rat,
In their Saint-Malo campaign
Only managed to kill one poor cat.


August 4, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

La Marseillaise


July 13, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Linnea in Monet’s Garden

Linnea in Monet’s Garden

Linnea has been in Paris. And she has visited the painter Claude Monet’s garden! She even stood on the same little Japanese bridge that Monet painted so often in his pictures. In Paris, Linnea got to see many of the real paintings.

Now she can understand what it means to be called an Impressionist, and she knows a lot about Monet’s life in the pink house where he lived with his eight children.

Twenty-five years after its original publication, this celebration of the wonder of art is available once again in an enlarged keepsake edition. The joy and inspiration Linnea discovers in Monet’s garden will be eagerly embraced by a new generation of readers.

Here she comes, right from the pages of the best selling book! The charming tale of a little girl’s love affair with Impressionist Claude Monet’s paintings is now brought to life in full animation. Join Linnea and her friend Mr. Bloom as they set off to Paris, and then to Monet’s garden in Giverny. Watch with delight as they discover the real places which serve as inspiration for their favorite paintings. And marvel as the paintings and the garden come to “life” in live action.

Linnea in Monet’s Garden is a unique blend of imagination and education, teaching children about the art and life of one of the most important painters of the 20th century, while entertaining them with the mystery and beauty of art and nature.

WINNER! Best Animated Film, New England Children’s Film Festival


July 12, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Douce France

by Charles Trenet


July 4, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

In the Belly of the Organ of Notre-Dame

Meet Olivier Latry, the organist of the famous Notre-Dame in Paris: one of the most prestigious organist gigs in the world. Join him on an exciting musical and historical journey to the heart of the organ.

Production date: 2015 ◾Duration: 52 min

WORKS: GUILMAN, PIERRE COCHEREAU at 7:00m, LOUIS VIERNE at 17:55m , MARCEL DUPRÉ at 37:09 ( PROCESSION & LITANY) AND J.S. BACH at 44:13 ( famous PASSACAGLIA & FUGUE with Pierre Cochereau)

Olivier Latry, organist of the Great Organ of Notre-Dame, takes us on a journey through the mechanism of his beloved companion, a musical instrument which has served as both witness and protagonist through history’s incredible twists and turns. Despite its religious function as intended by its builders and its service to composers through the centuries, the Great Organ Cavaillé-Coll has withstood the test of time, and ultimately reveals its absolute modernity…

Latry has a true passion for Notre-Dame’s organ: The Organ of Notre-Dame is incredible. One always discovers new things about it. The space changes its acoustic with the weather, the snow, the rain, the humidity, and the organ’s nature changes with it: it sounds differently. It’s like an old lady with rheumatism. There are always surprises with this instrument. Every time I come to Notre-Dame, it’s as though it were the first time! In this documentary, Latry plays, recounts anecdotes and stories, delivers a veritable music lesson on all sorts of musical repertoires, and discusses with organ builder Philippe, who climbs the pipes to correct and fine tune this strange musical machine…

April 16, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Notre Dame de Paris

April 15, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

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