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...a day in 1930s Paris, on which composer, Francis Poulenc, and others come to call...
Earthly Delights invites you to 1930s Paris and the home of esteemed French writer, Sidonie Gabrielle Colette. The dapper young composer, Francis Poulenc, pays a visit and Colette’s current and past lovers appear on the scene.
Best known in North America as the author of Gigi, Colette was renowned as an enfant terrible as well as a writer. She lived a big life! The play draws on Colette’s insights on everything from childhood to old age. And over her lifetime, music and art went through several transformations from the impressionists to the avant garde.
The play features music from the first half of the 20th Century -- Fauré, Duparc, Debussy, Satie, and Poulenc. Each song reveals an aspect of Colette’s character, writing and life -- the joys and disappointments of love; the trials of a working life; the lure of Paris, adventure and forbidden love; the approach of war.
Piano solo: Gymnopédie (Satie)
Les Berceaux (Fauré)
L'Invitation au voyage (Duparc)
Je te veux (Satie)
Voyage à Paris (Poulenc)
Le Secret (Fauré)
Priez pour paix (Poulenc)
Chanson d'amour (Fauré)
Beau soir (Debussy)
Les Chemins de l'amour (Poulenc)
Casting: two female actors, three male actors, singer(s), pianist
Running time: 60 minutes