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Poulenc: Margoton va t'a l'iau

Recorded April 2003 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

The music of Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) is a favourite of choristers around the world - both for the unique challenge his music presents to the singer, and the satisfaction a good performance can bring the listener. ‘Margoton va t’à l’iau’ comes from his 1945-46 set of eight songs, a lighthearted collection which celebrates French country life, perhaps in response to the end of the war. The stanzas all begin and end the same - opening with “Margoton went to fetch a jug of water” and closing with “‘O Dear,’” said Margoton to herself.” - and in between the story progresses, as Margoton falls into and is lifted out of a well.


Joanna Dundas
Katherine Goheen
Siri Olesen
Melanie Adams
Marianne de Kleer
Caitlin MacRae
Jonathan Quick
Troy Topnik
Sean Veley
Derrick Christian
Andy Hillhouse
Michael Murray



Recorded for CBC Radio Canada by Richard Champagne and Susana Valente
Produced by Sylvia L'Écuyer

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