Music gives us the space to grieve. In light of the tragic events of last Friday in Paris (and let us never forget the other tragedies around the world and here at home), here are 4 French songs to help us mourn.
Déploration, from Francis Poulenc’s Sonata for Oboe and Piano. Here is a performance by oboist Hansjörg Schellenberger.
Cantilena, Assez lent from Poulenc’s Sonata for Flute and Piano. This was performed by flutist Jeffrey Khaner and Hugh Sung on the album “French Flute Music”.
Les regrets, from Ariettes oubliées by Claude Debussy. This is a heart-achingly beautiful rendition by Dawn Upshaw.
Ne me quitte pas – even though Jacques Brel and Edith Pilaf are best known for singing this song, I found Sting’s version particularly compelling.
What songs do you turn to when you grieve? Share them with us in the comments.