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Naomi Summers is a soprano currently studying at the VCA (Victorian College of the Arts) , she has her BA in Music from the Melba Conservatorium of Music.

Plesir d’amour – composed by Gabriel Urbain Faure, a french composer born in Pamiers Ariege Midi – Pyrenees on the 12th of May 1845, he was also an organist, pianist and teacher, who later influenced the way harmony and melody were taught. He was mostly influenced by french composer Camille Saint – Saens who he met whilst studying music at the Ecolo Niedermeyer in Paris. Most of Faure’s career was spent working for Saint – Saens at his salon Saint – Sulpice. During the 1890’s he became the composition instructor at the Conservertoire de Paris, where he taught harmony and melody to notable french composers Ravel and Boulanger. Later in 1905 Faure became the Conservertoire’s director. Further along in his life he began to have sever hearing problems which he desperately tried to conceal his aillment, but at the age of 75 it forced him into retirement, but he did leave himself available to young composers, like Les Six who he inspired. In 1924 Faure died in Paris of pneumonia.

Plesir d’amour – translation

The pleasure of love lasts only a moment, The pain of love lasts a lifetime, I gave up everything for Sylvia, She is leaving me for another lover, The pleasure of love lasts only a moment, The pain of love lasts a lifetime, As long as this water will run gently, Towards this brook which boarders the meadow, I will love you, Sylvia told me repeatedly, The water still runs, but she has changed. The pleasure of love lasts only a moment, The pain of love lasts a lifetime.

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