Domremy, in Jacques d’Arc’s garden. “She was thirteen years old; she heard a voice coming from God to help her control herself. And the first time she felt a great fear. And that voice came about midday, in the summer, in her father’s garden” (Tisset II, p. 46).
I was thirteen when I had a Voice from God for my help and guidance. The first time that I heard this Voice, I was very much frightened; it was mid-day, in the summer, in my father’s garden. I had not fasted the day before. I heard this Voice to my right, towards the Church; rarely do I hear it without its being accompanied also by a light. This light comes from the same side as the Voice. Generally it is a great light. Since I came into France I have often heard this Voice. … If I were in a wood, I could easily hear the Voice which came to me. It seemed to me to come from lips I should reverence. I believe it was sent me from God. When I heard it for the third time, I recognized that it was the Voice of an Angel.
This Voice has always guarded me well, and I have always understood it; it instructed me to be good and to go often to Church; it told me it was necessary for me to come into France. You ask me under what form this Voice appeared to me? You will hear no more of it from me this time. It said to me two or three times a week: ‘You must go into France.’ My father knew nothing of my going.
The Voice said to me: ‘Go into France !’ I could stay no longer. It said to me: ‘Go, raise the siege which is being made before the City of Orleans. Go !’ it added, ‘to Robert de Baudricourt, Captain of Vaucouleurs: he will furnish you with an escort to accompany you.’ And I replied that I was but a poor girl, who knew nothing of riding or fighting.
I went to my uncle and said that I wished to stay near him for a time. I remained there eight days. I said to him, ‘I must go to Vaucouleurs.’ He took me there. When I arrived, I recognized Robert de Baudricourt, although I had never seen him. I knew him, thanks to my Voice, which made me recognize him.
Second public examination (22 February 1431)
Recording of the work “Ecce Joanna” June 1, 2012 to mark the 600th anniversary of the birth of Jeanne d’Arc. The theme asks the political recovery of Jeanne d’Arc starting with Charles VII himself and the Church, and finally the extreme nationalist political parties.
Margot Messler, soprano, Jefferson Desmoulains reciting, Gérard Siracusa, percussion improvisation, Francois Rosse, piano improvisation are integrated in Rouen Conservatory Orchestra directed by Claude Brendel.
Old time radio recording of CBS IS THERE “News Broadcasts”
“Joan of Arc is burned at the stake” May 30, 1431.
CBS IS THERE, later renamed YOU ARE THERE was a completely different kind of program. CBS broke new ground when they sent “reporters” and “correspondents” into dramatized re-enactments of important historical events.
There these CBS people reported on the action as it happened.
They interviewed the main players along with fast, breath-taking news taking the radio audience into the eye of the storm.
The series was aired from 1947 to 1950. Total of 90 shows, and one of them was about Jeanne d’Arc.
Joan of Arc they are calling you
WWI patriot song. 1917 Columbia records.
New York, Waterson, Berlin & Snyder
While you are sleeping, Your France is weeping
Wake from your dreams, Maid of France.
Her heart is bleeding; Are you unheeding?
Come with the flame in your glance;
Through the Gates of Heaven, with your sword in hand,
Come your legions to command.
Joan of Arc, Joan of Arc,
Do your eyes, from the skies, see the foe?
Don’t you see the drooping Fleur-de-lis?
Can’t you hear the tears of Normandy?
Joan of Arc, Joan of Arc,
Let your spirit guide us through;
Come lead your France to victory;
Joan of Arc, they are calling you.
Alcace is sighing, Lorraine is crying,
Their mother, France, looks to you.
Her sons at Verdun; Bearing the burden,
Pray for your coming anew;
At the Gates of Heaven, do they bar your way?
Souls that passed through yesterday.
For nearly six centuries Jeanne d’Arc has inspired composers, musicians, singers that have creating amazing Musical tributes. The following lists cover various musical works, include representations in popular culture and operas and oratorios. Lesser known works, particularly from early periods, are not included.
Most survive only in research libraries. In 1894 Émile Huet listed over 400 plays and musical works about Jeanne d’Arc Despite a great deal of scholarly interest in Jeanne d’Arc no complete list of artistic works about her exists, although a 1989 doctoral dissertation did identify all relevant films including ones for which no copy survives.