Joseph Canteloube, Chants d'Auvergne
Pastré, dè dèlaï l'aïo, as gaïré dé boun tèms?
Dio lou baïlèro lèro, lèro, lèro, lèro, baïlèro, lô!
È n'aï pa gaïre, è dio, tu?
Baïlèro lèro, lèro, lèro, lèro, baïlèro, lô!

Pastré, lou prat faï flour, li cal
gorda toun troupel!
Dio lou baïlèro lèro, lèro, lèro, lèro, baïlèro, lô!
L'erb es pu fin' ol prat d'oïci!
Baïlèro lèro, lèro, lèro, lèro, baïlèro, lô!

Pastré, couci foraï, en obal io lou bel riou!
Dio lou baïlèro lèro, lèro, lèro, lèro, baïlèro, lô!
Es pèromè, té baô çirca!
Baïlèro lèro, lèro, lèro, lèro, baïlèro, lô!

Baïlèro - Madeleine Grey, (11 June 1896 - 13 March 1979) recorded ca. 1930

Shepherd across the river, you don't seem to be afraid, 
sing the Bailero, etc.
Indeed I'm not, and you too,
sing the Bailero, etc.

Shepherd, the meadow is in bloom,
come over here to 
sing the Bailero, etc.
The grass is greener on this side,
you come here, Bailero, etc.

Shepherd, the stream separates us, and I can't cross it,
sing the Bailero, etc.
Then I'll come and get you further down,
Bailero, etc.

Chants d'Auvergne ("Songs from the Auvergne") is a collection of folk songs from the Auvergne region of France arranged for soprano voice and orchestra by Joseph Canteloube between 1923–1930. The best known of the songs is the "Baïlèro". The songs are in the local language, Occitan.
The first recording, of eleven of the songs, was by Madeleine Grey in 1930. The songs are part of the standard repertoire and have been recorded by many singers.


Canteloube's "Chants d'Auvergne" are an extraordinary musical compilation of an extraordinary musical culture. The Auvergne region was subject to many cultural influences, including Celtic, Roman, and Moorish, as well as later European influences, and this shows in both language and music. Canteloube wished to preserve the music and language of the folk traditions in the Auvergne, but wished to preserve them in a living, musical form, rather than in scholarly notations in bound volumes. The results are the five series that he published, between 1923 and 1955. As an arranger, his own touch and musical influences are clear, but he found this appropriate to the way that folk music evolves through the influences that it meets--much the way that the music he arranged was influenced by the many cultures it encountered.

Bailero is from the first book, and is perhaps the best known. In this simple, pastoral song, a shepherd and a girl call to one another across the stream that divides them. The verses end with the refrain "bailero, " a common element in many Auvergne songs (equivalent to the "wally, wally, " or "fa la la" refrains in some English songs). The instruments evoke the sounds of nature, using winds and the flute... ~ Anne Feeney, Rovi

Joseph Canteloube
CANTELOUBE: Songs of the Auvergne - Madeleine Grey, soprano
First Recording - 1930 - Columbia 78rpm Set MM-758. Digital Transfer by F. Reeder

Songs of the Auvergne
Madeleine Grey, soprano
With Orchestra
conducted by M. Elie Cohen

01 L'aio de rotso (Water from the spring)
Ound' onoren gorda? (Where shall we stay?)
Obal din lon Limouzi (Down in Limousin)
02 Bailero (Shepherd's Song of Upper Auvergne)
03 N'ai pas ien de mio (No friend have I)
04 Lo Calhe (The Quail)
05 Bresairola (Lullaby)
06 Malurous qu'o unno fenno (Unhappy he who has a wife)
07 La Fiolaire (La Fileuse)
08 L'Antoneno (L'Antoine)
09 Passo pel prat (Viens par le pré) (Come by the field)

Columbia 78rpm Set MM-758 (LX 1263 - LX 1269)
Recorded in February, 1930

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