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What is 'à la claire fontaine' when translated from French to English?
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What is 'clear water' when translated from English to French?
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What has the author Marie-Claire Antoine written?
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What is 'Chiara' when translated from Italian to English?
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Who composed 'La Claire fontaine' and in what year?
"à la Claire fontaine" is a traditional French Folk song.It was brought to Québec where the coureurs des bois made various variations of it. According tothe booklet that comes with the Folkways Record's 'Canada Story in Song' By Allan Mills ''To keep up the colonists' spritits during the long winter months, Champlain and a young lawyer called Marc Lescatbot founded ''l'ordre de Bon-Temps'' (The order of Good Cheer). Besides the pleasures of the table, L'ordre de Bon-Temps provided entertainment, Plays were perfromed and many songs were sung, the old songs of France. Particularly popularwere a tender romatic ballad called ''A la claire fontaine'', which has since been one of the favorite songs of French Canada ''
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Who first sang 'A la Claire fontaine'?
à la Claire fontaine" is a traditional song, still popular nowadays. There are a number of versions of it; the best-known version in France came back from Canada where the French troops sang it as sort of an hymn. (see link) A written version exists since 1704, but the first writers and singers of the song are unknown. "Chante rossignol chante - la fin de l'été tu as le coeur à rire, moi je l'ai à pleurer..."