Le Charbonnier is a song for SATB a cappella by Paul Ladmirault . The song was written with a main theme, two variations and a coda, and features a total of 5 verses. The lyrics remind us of a time when coal sellers came to town to sell merchandise. To be sung a cappella, all in andantino, this song is very lyrical and has some polyphonic aspects and some merismas. Each verse contains different lyrics, all revolving around the coal seller and his life: - Verse 1: this verse settles the action, with the seller trying to sell coal in the city - Verse 2: the seller is asked how much is the cost of a pound of coal - Verse 3: he is asked where his wife is - Verse 4: the beauty of his wife is highlighted - Verse 5: the seller explains why his shirt is so black Paul Ladmirault (1877-1944) was a French composer. He composed numerous pieces including: operas, ballets, orchestral works, chamber music and vocal music.