Malgre Moi – Wind Quintet

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Instrumental quintet inspired by Jacques Prévert’s poem Malgré Moi

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Based on a setting of a poem by Jacques Prévert

Embauché malgré moi  … Taken on, against my will,

dans l’usine à idées … at the thought factory,

j’ai refusé de pointer …I refused to clock on

Mobilisé de même     … Conscripted just the same

dans l’armée des idées …into the thought army

j’ai déserté          …I deserted

Je n’ai jamais compris …I’ve never understood

grand-chose           …important things

Il n’y a jamais      ….There is never

grand-chose           …important things

ni petite chose       …nor little details

Il y a autre chose.   …there’s something else

Autre chose           …something else

c’est ce que j’aime   …that’s what I like

qui me plaît          …what pleases me

et que je fais.       …and what I do

Embauché malgré moi   …Taken on, against my will…

In this poem Prévert claims he was recruited to the factory or army of ideas

(ie to go along with the masses), but prefers to go his own way: “autre chose” – the other – is what he likes.

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