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ABOUT THE MÉLODIE
From 5 Mélodies populaires grecques, N.2
Voice / Vocal Fach Soprano
Original key Phrygian mode
Language French
Composer Maurice Ravel 1875 – 1937
Poet Michel Dimitri Calvocoressi 1877- 1844
Range Là-bas, vers l'église
Presentation

Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques, a setting by Michel Dimitri Calvocoressi, was composed by Maurice Ravel between 1904-1906 and published in 1906. It is the fourth song of his song cycle, 5 Mélodies populaires grecques.

Ravel wrote the first of his 5 mélodies populaires grecques in 1904 at the request of a friend Pierre Aubry, who needed to illustrate a lecture he was giving on Greek folksongs. They asked Michel Calvocoressi, a mutual friend of theirs, to choose five Greek texts. Michel Calvocoressi selected them among popular songs from the island of Chios (a few kilometers away from Turkey).
Ravel composed the song cycle in two days. He, later, wrote three more songs and the collection of eight was published and translated to French in 1906. Years later, Ravel orchestrated the two first songs but soon lost interest and the remaining three were arranged by Rosenthal in 1935. Ravel was especially fond of a remarkable version of the 5 mélodies populaires grecques for Harp and voice orchestrated by Carlos Salzedo around 1930.

Là-bas, vers l’église is the second song of his cycle, 5 mélodies populaires. It describes all the villagers buried, together, in the same graveyard. The textures in this melody are much quieter than in the first. At the piano part, the slow arpeggiated cords, at the end of each bar, create the impression of a psalm-like song. The melody, set in Phrygian mode, seems incantatory as the singer refers to all the buried members of her community.

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Translation
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