Words for the ballet
Posted 05 July 2001 - 12:53 AM
Odette: (right after her grand jete entrance)
"Oh woe is me that I a swan must be, that I can ne'er be free of Rothbart's fatal charms. Once the daughter of a mighty king was I, who could not flee the evil powers of Von Rothbart."
Odette: (when she's trying to dodge Siegfried)
"I'm the Swan Queen, do not touch me or the evil genius will destroy you. Go away! Or you'll succumb to Rothbart's noxious powers. Hush, now for he fast approaches. Cache yourself in yonder bush! (Aside) He is the Prince if I can charm he he will free me from my bondage..."
Odette: (beginning of pdd - from the developpe)
"My name is Odette, I am Queen of the Swans, Von Rothbart has brought me here to sing my song of woe. A swan I must be, at night I am free, a maid I can be with your love. If I can find a man who will vow his undying love and devotion to me, this bane of my life, the curse of Von Rothbart will fade, I'll be free."
Then in England I picked up two other gems: one from the walz in Act I: "How's your mother? how's your father? how's your sister? how's your brother? How's your mother? how's your father? how's your sister, your brother, your aunt?"
(It didn't help that there was a version in which the dancers went from partner to partner...)
And then there are the famous words to the female Act III solo. Hard to describe WHICH music, but here goes:
"I eat my peas with honey. I've done so all me life. It makes the peas taste funny, but it keeps them on the knife."
(I think this goes back to the idea of "How can you tell the difference between and Englishman and a Continental when they are eating?" Ans: The Continental can get all the different food items on his plate on the fork at the same time EXCEPT peas, but the Englishman can get the peas on it as well.)
Anyway, does anyone else know of any words that have been made up to go with the music?
Posted 05 July 2001 - 07:07 AM
Posted 05 July 2001 - 09:51 AM
This is the best thing I have read in ages!!!
Made my morning....
The favourite one I know is when Aurora pricks her finger and starts whirling around to the mental tune of "chicken noodle soup, chicken noodle soup, chicken noodle soup, chicken noodle soup..."
Try it, you'll be singing along right with her forevermore.....
Posted 05 July 2001 - 10:28 AM
The rhythm and accents are often difficult for the eight Valkiries. John Culshaw the producer for the first ever recorded Ring told of teaching them the rhythm with the following:
"I'm sick on a SEE-saw,
Sick on a SEE-saw
Sick on a SEE-saw
Sick on a TRAIN"
It really works--actually too well and not only for the listener. More than one of the eight reported singing those English words instead of the German in subsequent performances.
Posted 06 July 2001 - 10:59 PM
I've sent the Wagner words on to a friend who is a Wagnerian soprano. I'm sure she'll be amused.
As for Giselle: do you mean:
(Wili variation) "Hold that balance, hold that balance: if you value your life hold that balance! Hold that balance, hold that balance: if you value your job hold that balance!" ??? :rolleyes:
Posted 07 July 2001 - 06:29 AM
Posted 07 July 2001 - 10:49 AM
Posted 07 July 2001 - 03:22 PM
And the words to "Symphonic Variations" are on a thread in Adult Ballet Students, about Henry Danton.
(PS. Oop! Looks like it aged out! OK, here goes: Mar-got FON-teyn, Moira SHEAR-er, Michael SOMES, Brian SHAW, Henry DAN-ton <picking up the next phrase>...and PAM-el-A May.... ;) )
[ 07-07-2001: Message edited by: Mel Johnson ]
Posted 07 July 2001 - 06:36 PM
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