week 5: Guillaume Apollinaire's

The Music

 “The Bridge at Mirabeau”© Helen Davey
(for accordion, piano keys and string)


The Artist

Guillaume Apollinaire (26 August 1880 – 9 November 1918), was an Italian born French Poet, playwright, novelist and short story writer who was influential in the development of such artistic movements as Futurism, Cubism, Dadaism, and Surrealism, (http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/guillaume-apollinaire).


The Art

“Le pont Mirabeau” by Guillaumne Apollinaire
first published in 1912, from the book, “Alcools”

to avoid copyright infringement, I’ve elected to direct you to another site so you can

READ the original poem text in French with six translations of the poem into English here:

HEAR a recording of Apollinaire reciting the poem (Yeah!)

SEE  a picture of the Bridge at Mirabeau (Paris, France):

map location in Paris of teh Morabeau Bridge over the Seine

Morabeau Bridge over the Seine


I am moving house tomorrow, so I am up to my neck in dissaray. Do you need to know that?
Has it anything to do with this sound-painting of this poem?  Not really, only that I won’t go into the details as to my reasons for instrument selection as I usually do. Instead, I’d invite you to click around the internet to find out what interests you about this “legendary” artist, because there’s LOADS to read about him, (for example his liasons with friends such as Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein and others invloved in his colourful artistic community in Paris, early last century.

With my thanks to Sari Grove for introducing me to this beautiful poem.

Trust you enjoy the music and poetry. Please feel free to share it around with people you think may be interested and/or leave a comment below.

Au revoir

view to the Eiffel tower from Morabeau Bridge

view to the Eiffel tower from Mirabeau Bridge


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