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Synthesized MIDI Light Operas
"The Ballet Girl" (1897)
Music by Carl Kiefert (1855 - 1937)
Words by J. T. Tanner
Lyrics by Adrian Ross
ACT I - Heerenbergen, on the shores of the Zuyder Zee.
- No. 1 - Opening Chorus
- "Here you see, beside the Zuyder, here beside the Zuyder Zee, views and garments both are wider, Friesland vrouws are fair and free! ..."
- No. 2 - Song - Nita and Chorus
- "I have made the most remarkable discoveries in America ... In America! ... I can tell you what a fashionable lover is..."
- No. 3 - Duet - Nita and Van Eyt
- "There was a clever artist in the days of long ago, his pictures were smartest, his jacket wasn't so! He went about unblushing..."
- No. 4 - Duet - Violette and Comarthy
- "We've broken our tether and bolted together, and hither we've hastily hied us. ... A place too sequestered to fear being..."
- No. 5 - Quintet - Nita, Violette, B'lindy, Van Eyt and Comarthy
- "Oh, happy bells of marriage, you hail the happy carriage that bears a blushing bride..."
- No. 6 - Chorus and Song - Earl
- "Is it so? Have you heard? Do you know? Not a word! What delight! What surprise! In the sight of our eyes here, for rural..."
- No. 7 - Song - Violette
- "At any solemn evening perpendicular, or musical and melancholy teas, I mean to be remarkably particular, and sing a love-song..."
- No. 8 - Trio - Nita, Violette and Comarthy
- "Did'ums was a pretty ickle darling ... Darling? ... Hang it! Can't you let a chap alone? ... Was 'ums very naughty..."
- No. 9 - Song - Van Eyt
- "Long have I wander'd like a swallow, nor cared to follow another's way; straying in meadows glad with summer, a careless comer..."
- No. 10 - Duet - Van Eyt and Taradelle
- "If you want to run your shows, you must learn to puff and pose ... Learn to pose? ... Pose! Pose, pose, pose! ..."
- No. 11 - Duet - Landlord, Vrouw and Chorus
- "Now where are you going so early, my dear? Says Janken to Mieken! I'm going nowhere, or I shouldn't be here!"
- No. 12 - Finale Act I
- "What occurrence has affected the noble Mi-lord? Something wholly unexpected that he quite ignored; for he lately seemed elated..."
ACT II - The Stage of the Folies Theatre, Paris - the next day.
- No. 13 - Chorus and Song - Taradelle
- "Clear! clear! clear! Take your places, if you please, you, my love, and you, my dear, do not hurry; take your ease..."
- No. 14 - Song - Van Eyt and Chorus
- "When you and I were dear little boys of years from seven to ten, we used to dream of the sweets and toys that we'd have..."
- No. 15 - Song - Violette
- "I have read in tales romantic of the girl of noble race, who is positively frantic for a clerk without a place! He is starving in a hovel..."
- No. 16 - Waltz
- No. 17 - Song - B'lindy
- "De baby am awake ... want yer mommer? Mommer, don't yer hear? Don't yer cry so! Hi-lee-oo-lee! Hi-lee-oo-lee-oo! ..."
- No. 18 - Pantomimic Scene, leading to Chorus and Dance
- "Bring in the Odalisques, and let then not be frighten'd! Although they face the risks of sacks..."
- No. 19 - Song - Nita
- "A little bird chirp'd in the ear of the maid whose father was wealthy and gouty: Have you heard of the Captain all over gold braid, so dashing,"
- No. 20 - Song - Earl
- "There was once a little lady, sweet and simple, who was mentioned in a celebrated song, for her cheek had quite a fascinating dimple..."
- No. 21 - Duet - Nita and Van Eyt
- "If I were poor and mean, without a crust to munch, and captur'd the coppers of casual shoppers with Violets, penny a bunch!..."
- No. 22 - Song - Van Eyt
- "The world has maidens sweet and pretty where'er we go, the gay grisettes of Paris city all artists know; Italian eyes can glow..."
- No. 23 - Finale Act II
- "Though I am wealthy still, and you're a Prince of Art ... With confidence airy we'll go to the Mairie, and never thereafter part! ..."
Items 15, 17 and 22 were composed by Leslie Stuart.
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