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"The Ameer" (1899)
Music by Victor Herbert (1859 - 1924)
Lyrics by Frederic Ranken
ACT I - Public Square, Cabool, Afghanistan. Morning.
- No. 1 - Opening Chorus
- "Another shout! A louder cheer, awake ye echoes far and near; A health to give, obey the law..."
- No. 2 - Ensemble, and Song - Constance and Chorus
- "Oh, what is the matter? Oh, what is the matter, and what is the cause of this terrible clatter..."
- No. 3 - Song - Ameer and Chorus
- "If you've got a busy rabbit's foot, or any kind of charm, I'd like it. (He'd like it.) That will keep away a creditor..." (3 verses)
- No. 4 - Scene - Ameer and Chorus
- "Let those who wed in love be led before the Ameer's royal face, so that he may without delay betroth you..."
- No. 5 - Recitative and Song - Mirzah
- "Ah! woe is me, and sad my lot. Alone, unloved, forsaken me; no joy is mine, I wot..."
- No. 6 - Song and Chorus - Ameer
- "I am a piratical brigand, highwayman, I'm bad with a capital B, Ha, Ha! ... He's bad we can very well see..."
- No. 7 - Finale Act I
- "Away with him, away! The forfeit he must pay! This contumacious, bold audacious, most outrageous, brigandacious Hang-dog!"
ACT II - Woods adjoining Business House of "Cut and Slash". Afternoon.
- No. 8 - Male Chorus and Song - Blakjak
- "With stealthy footsteps falling, we creep upon our prey. With quickness most appalling, their gold we take away..."
- No. 9 - Brigands' Song
- "Let others boast of a right smart wife, a wife who's ne'er a jilt; a Brigand's toast is a good sharp knife, a knife from point to hilt..."
- No. 10 - Quartet - Constance, Fanny, Ralph & Blakjak
- "Surprise! surprise, astounding! My senses quite confounding. Ah! lucky chance that brought you here..."
- No. 11 - Duet - Chamberlain and Mirzah
- "When first I decided I'd like married life, I said to myself, said I, 'Now mother advised an old maid for a wife'..."
- No. 12 - March - Ralph and Girls
- "Soldiers all, duty's call sends us forth to meet the foeman. All we crave soldier's grave, timid fear have we of no man..."
- No. 13 - Duet - Fanny and Blakjak
- "In olden days the armor'd Knight set forth to seek his Lady fair ... With clank of chains in haunted lanes..."
- No. 14 - Song - Ameer and Chorus
- "One day I went in a side-show tent, and I saw a wond'rous freak, whose life began as a rubber man..."
- No. 15 - Finale Act II
- "With stealthy footsteps falling we creep upon our prey; with quickness most appalling, their gold we take away..."
ACT III - Throne Room in the Ameer's Palace. Evening.
- No. 16 - Opening Chorus of Nautch Girls and Pages
- "Soft to sensuous music swaying, lithely glide in rhythmic dance, in rhythmic dance..."
- No. 17 - Song - Fanny and Chorus
- "Side by side on a wall displayed they posed, so the story ran. She was a dainty Poster maid, while he was a poster man..."
- No. 18 - Trio - Ameer, Fool and Chamberlain, with Chorus
- "Continuous performances have now a social fling; variety society finds quite the proper thing..."
- No. 19 - Serenade - Constance and Chorus
- "On thy lattice, moonlight creeping sheds again its softest gleam. Rouse thee, lady, from thy sleeping..."
- No. 20 - Song - Ameer and Chorus
- "When great King George ruled o'er the land, a land which now is free, there lived a bright and shining light..."
- No. 21 - Finale Act III
- "Fond love, true love, tell thy secret, pray; where in nature's hiding art thou concealed today..."
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