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本文初寫於 2017 年 1 月 10 日

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老酥偶介紹了兩位女性。

有網友留言,提到了 “風情萬種的女人”。其實,啥是風情萬種,有點難定義。^_^

 

老酥偶介紹了 Gilbert and Sullivan 的喜歌劇

 

今天,順便提一提他們的另一部歌劇 - Patience。這喜歌劇的主題,是諷刺 19 世紀在英國流行的美學運動。

 

提到 “美” ,當然不能沒有女性。Patience 其實是女主角的名字,她是位很平凡的牧場女僕,沒有 “氣質”。但有兩位有眾多女粉絲的詩人,同時愛上她了。然後,經過莫名奇妙的理由(G & S 的歌劇劇情,大多是莫名奇妙的!老酥偶還沒介紹完的海盜的故事就是個典型例子。放心,老酥偶沒忘記,會繼續寫下去的!XD),Patience 不能愛上有 “氣質” 的詩人。所以,她青梅竹馬的男友(兩位詩人其中的一位),就向另位詩人 “認輸”,娶到 Patience。

 

以下的這 YouTube 老酥偶有連過,今天再連一次: 

 

好了,現在介紹眾多 “氣質” 美女的其中一位,會拉大提琴,有氣質的老美女,感嘆歲月不留人的歌。這是老酥偶認為眾多表演中,最棒的表演之一!請問大家,這位女低音風情萬種嗎?老酥偶認為,她的歌聲很美,表演一流。沒有萬種,至少有兩種吧!XD

 

老酥偶順便雞婆地提一下,裏頭大提琴大走音,“危險動作”(表演完,大提琴扛著走!XD),請勿在家模仿!^_^

 

她說的話和歌詞如下:

The fickle crew have deserted Reginald and sworn allegiance to his rival, and all, forsooth, because he has glanced with passing favour on a puling milkmaid! Fools! Of that fancy he will soon weary – and then, I, who alone am faithful to him, shall reap my reward. But do not dally too long, Reginald, for my charms are ripe, Reginald, and already they are decaying. Better secure me ere I have gone too far! 

RECITA TIVE – JANE.
Sad is that woman’s lot who, year by year, 

Sees, one by one, her beauties disappear,
When Time, grown weary of her heart-drawn sighs, Impatiently begins to “dim her eyes!”
Compelled, at last, in life’s uncertain gloamings,
To wreathe her wrinkled brow with well-saved “combings”, Reduced, with rouge, lip-salve, and pearly grey,
To “make up” for lost time as best she may! 

SONG – JANE. Silvered is the raven hair, 

Spreading is the parting straight, Mottled the complexion fair, 

Halting is the youthful gait, Hollow is the laughter free, 

Spectacled the limpid eye, Little will be left of me 

In the coming bye and bye! 

Fading is the taper waist,
Shapeless grows the shapely limb, 

And although severely laced, Spreading is the figure trim! 

Stouter than I used to be,
Still more corpulent grow I – 

There will be too much of me In the coming by-and-bye! 

http://www.gilbertandsullivanarchive.org/patience/patienclib.pdf

 

 

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