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Mélusine

Cecile McLorin Salvant

Label: Nonesuch Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 45:07
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Est-ce ainsi que les hommes vivent?; La route enchantée; Il m'a vue nue; Dites moi que je suis belle; Doudou; Petite musique terrienne; Aida; Mélusine; Wedo; D'un feu secret; Le temps est assassin; Fenestra; Domna N'Almucs; Dame Iseut.

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Mélusine is a mix of originals and interpretations of songs dating as far back as the 12th century, mostly sung in French along with Occitan, English, and Haitian Kreyòl. They tell the European folk tale of Mélusine, a woman who turns into a half-snake each Saturday after a childhood curse by her mother. Mélusine agrees to marry Raymondin on the condition that he never see her on Saturdays. He agrees but is later convinced by his brother to break his promise, piercing his wife’s door with a sword and finding her naked in the bath, half snake, half woman. When she catches him spying on her, she turns into a dragon and flies away, only to reappear every time one of her descendants is on their deathbed.


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