Le Chanteur in English  

Charles est chanteur. Il aime chanter. Il chante depuis cinquante ans. Il chante tout le temps. in English

  

 

Il chante à la maison. Il chante dans le jardin. Il chante dans le bain. Il chante sous la douche. Il chante dans le salon, dans la salle à manger, dans la cuisine, dans le grenier. in English

  

 

Pendant la nuit vous pouvez l’entendre chanter dans la chambre à coucher. Mais parfois en hiver il perd sa voix. in English

  

 

Il ne chante pas dans la maison de son oncle parce qu’il y a un grand chien qui n'aime pas l’entendre chanter. Il chante fort dans la maison de sa tante. Il n'y a pas de problème parce que sa tante est sourde. in English

  

 

Il chante d'une voix aigüe dans les montagnes. Il chante d'une voix grave au bord de la mer et d'une voix caverneuse dans la cave. Quelquefois sa femme crie, ‘Pour l’amour de Dieu - tais toi !' Le chien hurle, les voisins s'en vont: le chat s'est enfui. Mais Charles continue à chanter. in English

  

 

Aujourd'hui Charles chante à Bournemouth. Il est le deuxième ténor. Mais il est en retard. Et il a la grippe. Il a une mauvaise toux. Il a mal à la tête. Il a mal à la gorge. Il a mal aux dents, il s’est coupé la lèvre et il vient de se mordre la langue. Néanmoins il va chanter. in English

  

 

‘Vous êtes en retard Charles !’

‘Je suis désolé Monsieur mais j'ai laissé tomber ma montre dans le bain!’

‘Peu importe mais dépêchez-vous. Nous devons commencer.’ in English

  

 

Pendant qu’il chante, Charles remarque un homme qui regarde et écoute très attentivement. Charles pense qu’il a déjà vu cet homme quelque part. Il doit être membre de l'Université du troisième âge. in English

  

 

Quand le spectacle se termine, l'homme s'approche de Charles. ‘Bravo Monsieur ! Vous avez une voix exceptionnelle.’ in English

  

 

‘Non, pas du tout. J'ai la grippe !’

‘Néanmoins, vous avez chanté admirablement.' in English

  

 

 'Ecoutez. Je m'appelle Andrew Lloyd Webber* et depuis douze mois je cherche le chanteur principal pour ma nouvelle comédie musicale, «Charlie is my Darling**» aux Folies Bergères.

Vous êtes ce chanteur !’ in English

  

  
 

You will be familiar with these two symbols which denote accents in written French - "aigu" and "grave". They are also used for high pitch and low pitch voice. Thus, "une voix aiguë " or "une voix grave.

  

 
 
Original stories written by Bernard Mouzer ©2011. Review and audio tracks by Patrick Buda
 

 

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*Andrew Lloyd Webber, est le célèbre compositeur britannique et impresario de comédies musicales, compositeur de The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, Cats, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph etc. et propriétaire de six salles de spectacle à Londres.

**Charlie Is My Darling est le nom d'une chanson traditionnelle écossaise à propos de Bonnie Prince Charlie. in English
The Singer
Charles is a singer. He likes to sing. He's been singing for 50 years. He sings all the time.
He sings in the house. He sings in the garden. He sings in the bath. He sings under the shower. He sings in the lounge, in the dining room, in the kitchen, in the attic.
During the night you can hear him singing in the bedroom. But sometimes in winter he loses his voice.
He doesn't sing in his uncle's house because there is a big dog who doesn't like to hear him sing. He sings loudly in his aunt's house. There isn't a problem because his aunt is deaf.
He sings in a high-pitched voice in the mountains. He sings in a low voice by the sea and in a deep voice in the cellar. Sometimes his wife shouts, 'For God's sake -- shut up! The dog is howling, the neighbours are leaving: the cat has fled'. But Charles continues to sing.
Today Charles is singing in Bournemouth. He is the second tenor. But he is late. He has the flu, he has a bad cough, he has a headache, he has a sore throat. He's got the toothache, he has cut his lip and he has just bitten his tongue. Nevertheless he is going to sing.
' You are late Charles!'' I am sorry Sir but I dropped my watch in the bath!'' Don't worry but hurry up. We must start.'
Whilst he is singing, Charles notices a man who is looking and listening very carefully. Charles thinks that he has seen this man before somewhere. He must be a member of the University of the third age.
When the show finishes, the man approaches Charles.' Well done Sir! You have an exceptional voice.'
'No, not at all. I've got the flu!'' Nevertheless, you have sung beautifully.'
'Listen. My name is Andrew Lloyd Webber* and for twelve months I have been looking for the principle singer for my new musical comedy,"Charlie is my Darling"** at the Folies Bergeres. You are that singer!'
* Andrew Lloyd Webber is the celebrated British composer and impresario of musical theatre, composer of The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, Cats, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph etc and owner of six London theatres.** Charlie is my Darling is the name of a traditional Scottish song about Bonnie Prince Charlie.