Michel Monton

Michel Mauléart Monton (1855–1898) was a Haitian composer best known for his méringue that sets to music the poem “Choucoune” by Oswald Durand. The poem tells the story of a man who fell in love with the beautiful Choucoune. Choucoune introduces the man to her mother and they all share hot chocolate, but she then leaves him for a light-skinned man from out of town with a fancy watch. The the man is left in the woods with no one but the birds to listen to his lament.

The arrangement below was made by Haitian composer, violist, and singer Fritz Bernardin.

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