Joseph Canteloube: Baïlèro

Written by Amy Owens


In category: Song of the Day

Published February 1, 2017

For years, I have adored the Chants d’Auvergne, folk songs from the Auvergne region of France in the local language, Occitan. The collector and arranger of these landscape-inspired songs was Auvergne native Joseph Canteloube, who took more than thirty years (1924-1955) to complete his compilation.

“Baïlèro” is one of the most famous of these songs, with lush orchestration and a pastoral theme. After teasing the shepherd and calling out advice for leading the flock to better pasture, the singer raises her final strains: “Shepherd, how will I manage? Over there is the little stream. Call Baïlèro! Wait for me, I am coming! Baïlèro!” 

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Coloratura soprano Amy Owens is establishing herself as a versatile performer with comedic flair, a strong aptitude for new music, and a soaring high range.  Ms. Owens was praised in Opera News for her “vivacious enthusiasm,” “engaging, bell-like soprano,” and “high flying-vocals”, gaining particular notice for her performances as Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. She has appeared in several NYFOS Next concerts and will perform on the Mainstage series in Picnic Cantata/Dinner at Eight on Feb 18 in Reston, VAand on Feb 21 in NYC.


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