On "Le bon roi Dagobert"
children's song, "Le bon roi Dagobert" tells in lyric of the "good king
Dagobert" and his faults. The first verse: "Good King Dagobert / Has put his
culottes on backwards; / Great Saint Eloi / Says: O, my king! / Your majesty
/ Is poorly dressed. / It's true, says the King, / I'll have to do it again
properly." The silly fictional king errs in dressing and grooming in a
variety of ways, and was likely satirically targeting Louis XVI before the
final end to the aristocracy in France before the rise of Napoleon (who one
remembers also sought to be emperor, showing man's urge to rule as an
aristocrat). Being a children's song today, the setting is sweet and
setting moves between the tonic G and its submediant E, as well as between
3/4 and then two sets of 3/8 within the 3/4 notation, which could of course
had been notated as in 3/4 with a doubling of the tempo.
pages, circa 4' 30" - an MP3 demo is here:
The score is available as a free PDF download, though any major
commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior
arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this piano
"Le bon roi Dagobert"