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Easily-learned French repertoire

My high school choir will be performing with a local community choir on a program called "French Bon Bons," and I'm looking for a good piece that we can do in addition to the Laurdisen Dirait-on (obviously, the program could be French composers, or just pieces written in the French language).  

What are some real gems for SATB or SAB that are easily learned, musical gratifying, and not overly difficult in terms of the diction?  We could use piano or organ accompaniment, or a cappella.  The main criteria is that an intermediate level high school choir could do it justice and really enjoy it.
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on November 5, 2011 10:27am
HI,
 
My groups love "Je ne l'ose dire." P. Certon, on cpdl:
 
IT's a good contrast to "Dirait-on."  This edition gives a very funny second verse.  Never done it, but it would be great fun.  
 
Also, "Il est bel et bon" is great fun, but can be tricky with the polyphonic entrances, esp bass rhythm at m 36 here:  http://www.cpdl.org/wiki/images/5/59/Pas-bel_et_bon.pdf
 
From Poulenc Chansons françaises: Margoton and Pilons l'orge.  Both fast, not complicated.
 
Any of Hindemith's Six Chansons, to keep Rilke texts going.  Medium difficulty if above are easy.
 
Good luck! Paul
 
 
on November 5, 2011 2:18pm
Faure's Cantique de Jean Racine comes to mind as a nice accompanied piece that can be done justice by an intermediate level group.
 
While it is definitely challenging, I wouldn't completely rule out the first of Debussy's Trois Chansons, as the diction is not overly difficult.
on September 30, 2013 2:53am
+1 on the Cantique. And he wrote it when he was not much older than your choir-members!
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