Une fillette for tenor and piano
Text by Ruth Caldwell

    Edwin Andereck, tenor — Professor of Voice, Luther College
    Carol Hester, piano — Professor of Flute, Luther College
    ca. 2 minutes


Two of my mother's colleagues at Luther College, contacted me to set an Eluard-styled poem to music to honor her 25 years of service to the college.

Below is Ruth Caldwell’s poem and its English translation.

Une fillette
joue d’un piano bleu clair,
un air rose de Poulenc
dans une maison disparue.

Elle vole vers le violon
et la cathédrale s’allonge
    sur la Seine.
La fête tourbillonne autour de nous,
un tableau de grands cuillers de neige,
de brique, de vert, de lions.

Elle aime — elle aime à s’oublier.
A little girl
plays on a pale blue piano
a pink air by Poulenc
in a bygone house.

She flies toward the violin
and the cathedral stretches out
    along the Seine.
The fête swirls around us,
a painting of great spoons of snow,
of brick, of green, of lions.

She loves — she loves to forget herself.