Danse Macabre

from Tales from the Underground by Mary Zoo

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Re-arranged tone poem, written in 1874 by the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. It started out in 1872 as an art song for voice and piano with a French text by the poet Henri Cazalis, which is based on an old French superstition.

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ENGLISH TRANSLATION of Danse Macabre

Zig, zig, zig, Death in cadence
Striking a tomb with his heel
Death at midnight plays a dance-tune
Zig, zig, zag, on his violin

The winter wind blows, and the night is dark
Moans are heard in the linden trees
White skeletons pass through the gloom
Running and leaping in their shrouds

Zig, zig, zig, each one is frisking
You can hear the cracking of the bones of the dancers
A lustful couple sits on the moss
So as to taste long lost delights

Zig zig, zig, Death continues
The unending scraping on his instrument
A veil has fallen! The dancer is naked
Her partner grasps her amorously

The lady, it's said, is a Marquise or Baroness
And her green gallant, a poor cartwright
Horror! Look how she gives herself to him
Like the pauper was a Baron

Zig, zig, zig. What a saraband!
They all hold hands and dance in circles
Zig, zig, zag. You can see in the crowd
The King dancing among the peasants

But hush! All of a sudden, they leave the dance
They push forward, they fly; the rooster has crowed
Oh what a beautiful night for the poor world!
Long live death and equality!

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from Tales from the Underground, released September 5, 2016
Composer : Saint-Saëns
Lyrics : Cazalis
Arranged by Christine Zufferey, Catherine Capozzi, Emilie Cavallo

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Mary Zoo Paris, France

Originating from the Boston underground rock scene, Swiss native and adopted Parisian Christine Zufferey leads us into her post-romantic troubadour world as an enchantress in her own folk alternative style with her project MARY ZOO. It is an intoxicating body of songs, at times in English, at times in French with captivating words of abiding feelings and timeless legends. ... more

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