1. Listen to three (3) arias (Ctrl+Click):
2. Complete the Opera table below.
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Translation: E lucevan le stelle :
The stars were shining, And the earth was scented. The gate of the garden creaked And a footstep grazed the sand… Fragrant, she entered And fell into my arms.
Oh, sweet kisses and languorous caresses, While feverishly I stripped the beautiful form of its veils! Forever, my dream of love has vanished. That moment has fled, and I die in desperation. And I die in desperation! And I never before loved life so much, Loved life so much!
Translation: Habanera :
Love is a rebellious bird That no one can tame And it is in vain that it is called If it agrees to refuse Nothing does, threatens or prays One speaks well, the other is silent And it is the other that I prefer He said nothing but I like Love! Love! Love! Love! Love is a child of Bohemia He never never knew a law If you don’t love me, I love you If I love you, take care of yourself! If you don’t love me, if you don’t love me, I love you But if I love you, if I love you, watch out! The bird that you thought surprised surprised Wing flaps and flew away Love is far away, you can wait for it You don’t wait for him, he’s there All around you, quickly quickly He comes, goes, then he comes back You think you hold him, he avoids you You think you avoid him, he holds you Love! Love! Love! Love! Love is a child of Bohemia He never never knew a law If you don’t love me, I love you If I love you, take care of yourself! If you don’t love me, if you don’t love me, I love you But if I love you, if I love you, watch out!
Libretto/Text: News has a Kind of Mystery : Nixon:News has a kind of mystery; When I shook hands with Chou En-lai On this bare field outside Peking Just now, the world was listening Chou: May I – Nixon: Though we spoke quietly The eyes and ears of history Caught every gesture – Chou: –introduce— Nixon: And every word, transforming us As we, transfixed – Chou: — the Deputy Minister of Security Nixon: Made history. [Our shaking hands Were shaping time. Each moments stands Out sharp and clear. Chou: — Army.] May I — Nixon: On our flight over from Shanghai Chou: The Minister — Nixon:– the countryside Looked drab and gray. “Breughel,” Pat said “We came in peace for all mankind” I said, I was put in mind Of our Apollo astronauts Simply — Chou: — of the United States Nixon: Achieving a great human dream. We live in an unsettled time. Who are our enemies? Who are Our friends?
The Eastern Hemisphere Beckoned to us, and we have flown East of the sun, west of the moon Across an ocean of distrust Filled with the bodies of our lost; The earth’s Sea of Tranquility. It’s prime time in the U.S.A Yesterday night. They watch us now; The three main networks’ colors glow Livid though drapes onto the lawn. Dishes are washed and homework done, The dog and grandma fall asleep, A car roars past playing loud pop, Is gone. As I look down the road I know America is good At hearts. An Old cold warrior Piloting towards an unknown shore Though shoals. The rats being to chew The sheets. There’s murmuring below. Now there’s ingratitude! My hand Is steady as a rock. A sound Like mourning doves reaches my ears Nobody is a friend of ours. Let’s face it. If we don’t succeed On this summit, our name is mud. We’re not out of the woods, not yet, The nation’s heartland skips a beat As our hands shield the spinning globe From the flame-throwers of the mob. We must press on. We know we want — What — Oh yes —
|“E Lucevan le stelle” (Puccini)||“Habanera” (Bizet)||“News has a Kind of Mystery” (Adams)||Discuss Similarities and Differences|
|Tempo (slow, medium, fast, dance-like?)|
|Unity that you hear in timbre (instrumentation), tempo, dynamics (loud or soft)|
|Variety you hear like changes in timbre (instrumentation), tempo, dynamics (loud or soft)|
|Lyrics (What story, if any, is told by lyrics each artist sings?)|
|Voice quality (Use adjectives to describe the different timbre of each singer’s voice.)|
|Rhythm (Does the song have a clear pulse or beat? Is there syncopation?)|
|Other (What else comes to mind as you listen to this music?)|
|Can you think of a modern artist or song that may have been influenced by each vocalist or each style? What similarities are apparent?
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