Colin M. Johnson's Music and MIDI files
Synthesized MIDI Light Operas
Written and composed by Hervé (1825 - 1892) (a.k.a. Louis Auguste Florimond Ronger)
Scene 1 - A Forest.
- No. 1 - Solo - Divitiacus and Druids
- "Priests of the grove, 'tis we are up to ev'ry move. Ancient Order of Druids, live on the best of food and fluids! ..."
- No. 2 - Song - Fredegonda
- "No more country for me! How I long, yes long for town. Fields and I don't agree, when nature laughs I only frown! Ah! I long to be gay."
- No. 3 - Song - Chilperic and Chorus
- "Oh, rarest sport it is to hunt by cover side and breezy track, a red and lusty fox in front, and half the shire behind your back."
- No. 4a - Trio - Chilperic, Siegbert and Brunehaut
- "O Fredegonda, fairest, what country gave you birth? What sun and soil the rarest call'd up the flow'r of earth?"
- No. 4b - Quartet - Fredegonda, Brunehaut, Chilperic and Siegbert
- "Jubilation! What elation! Of my visions confirmation, ev'ry day, only play, coach and horses..."
- No. 4c - Quartet (continued)
- "Never, never, never, never, never did I plan such a piece of fortune with elegant a man. Never did I think that such a change could..."
- No. 5a - Chorus of Peasants
- "Peasants we are, all fam'd for shyness, come for a good stare at your Highness. Rules of politeness don't confine us..."
- No. 5b - Recitatives - Divitiacus and others
- "King! 'tis not surprising that some sacrificing must now be done, ere fate be won! Some of your train won't mind..."
- No. 6 - Recit. Divitiacus and Chorus
- "Come! swell the choral strain and keeping tune and time, let's start a gay refrain, and put our vows in rhyme! ..."
- No. 7 - Finale Scene 1
- "Come, let's be off, and hasten home, the skies are black with rain down pouring, pouring. Goodbye, O Druid, Sporting Prophet..."
Scene 2 - Ante-Room of the Palace.
- No. 8 - Finale Scene 2
- "When my sister comes I promise she'll repay all the pains you take in her behalf today ... Don't, I pray, speak of it! We don't plot to profit."
Scene 3 - Throne Room in the Palace.
- No. 9 - Chorus, with Landry and Pages
- "'Tis ten o'clock, the hour is here when Chilperic from sleep arises. If us in idling he surprises, he'll box our ears..."
- No. 10 - Song - Chilperic
- "A butterfly liv'd in a garden gay, 'mid buds and flow'rets rare. He lurk'd in the leaves of a rose-tree spray that scented all the air..."
- No. 11 - Recit. & Chorus
- "The Princess is at hand. There's on the steps a vision of trunks and traps that stand awaiting for admission. Show her into the parlour."
- No. 12 - Duett - Galswinda and Chilperic
- "Would you prove how much love in woman's bosom gloweth? You shall earn full return of all your heart bestoweth..."
- No. 13 - Finale Scene 3
- "Let us strike a chorus up before we crush the wedding cup. ... All my wish will be satisfied, for I shall be a blushing bride..."
Scene 4 - A Corridor in the Palace.
Scene 5 - Garden Set.
- No. 15 - Chorus and Solo - Landry and Pages
- "With jest and song the hours we'll prolong; We'll sing and we'll laugh, and bumpers we'll quaff, this wedding new..."
- No. 16 - Lament - Fredegonda
- "Farewell the tranquil mind, farewell content! For me no more the sun of luck has shone, I'm turn'd away against my own consent."
- No. 16b - Lament - Fredegonda (verse 2)
- "The curfew tolls the knell of parting day, and my day's done, tho' I don't hear a bell, and those who came to jeer..."
- No. 17 - Finale
- "Four faiths are plighted, four hearts united, if you're delighted, we've won our cause. Smile, then, if you've all grounds for approval..."
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