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Darius Milhaud: Machines agricoles

  • for medium voice, flute, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola, violoncello and double bass
  • Duration: 12’
  • Soloists:
    medium voice
  • Instrumentation details:
    piccolo (+fl)
    clarinet in Bb
    bassoon
    violin
    viola
    violoncello
    contrabass
  • Composer: Darius Milhaud
  • Text author: Anonymus
  • Original language: French
  • Translator: Rudolf Stephan Hoffmann
  • Table of contents:
    La Moissonneuse Espigadora
    La Faucheuse
    La Lieuse
    La Déchaumeuse=Semeuse=Enfouisseuse (Samendrillmaschine)
    La Fouilleuse=Draineuse
    La Faneuse
  • Dedication: siehe Inhaltsverzeichnis

Work introduction

“Thanks to the latest technological improvements, lawnmowers have become robust and practical machines”, said one agricultural machinery exhibition in 1913. Darius Milhaud used texts from this exhibition in his 6 pastoral songs Machines agricoles, although the music has no hint of irony or distance. Rather, it owes much to the simple elegance and blithely earnest naturalness of the “beauty of these great colourful metal insects” (Milhaud). 

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