Il pleut bergère (Weckerlin, Jean-Baptiste)

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Publisher. Info. Paris: G. Flaxland, n.d.[1871]. Plate W.P.2375.
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General Information

Work Title Il pleut bergère
Alternative. Title Mélodie
Composer Weckerlin, Jean-Baptiste
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. None [force assignment]
Key E minor
First Publication. 1871
Copyright Information Publication noted in the Bibliographie de la France :
2e série, 60e année, Nº 47, 25 Novembre 1871, p.311, reg.794.
Librettist Philippe François Nazaire Fabre d'Églantine (1750-1794)
Language French
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Voice, piano
Extra Information Transcription of a song with music by "Simon".

Misc. Comments

This song was originally composed for the comic opera Laure et Pétrarque (1780, libretto by Fabre d'Églantine) by Victor-Louis Simon (1764-1820). It is said it became especially popular at the outset of the French Revolution, it being hinted the "bergère" or shepherdess of the song was actually the unfortunate Marie-Antoinette who liked to play the role of being one in her particular domain (Hameau de la Reine) at Versailles. The first stanza of the song can indeed be interpreted as alluding to her.