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"The Dashing Little Duke" (1909)
Music by Frank E. Tours (1877 - 1963) (with the explicit approval of his heirs)
Lyrics by Adrian Ross (1859 - 1933)
ACT I - The Ante-Room to the Presence Chamber in the Palace of Versailles.
- No. 1 - Opening Chorus
- "Hail, happy day! The bridal of youth and of beauty, April and May..."
- No. 2 - King's Music and Fanfare
- No. 3 - Song - Matignon
- "I'm for the women, the women for me, yes, all that I see..."
- No. 4 - Song - Duc de Richelieu
- "You may burn my copybook and give away things such as playthings..."
- No. 5 - Song - Duet - Richelieu & Matignon
- "I'm going to write a love-letter to someone, no matter to whom..."
- No. 6 - Song - Diane
- "Boy that would play the man, taking a bride, strutting as best you can..."
- No. 7 - Concerted Number - Richelieu, Diane, Princess, Duchess, Matignon, Baron & Chorus
- "Make way! Make way!..."
- No. 8 - Duet - Diane & Matignon
- "Round the mirror of the moon..."
- No. 9a - Sentinels' Chorus
- "Who goes? France, all is well..."
- No. 9b - Serenade (unspecified soloist, assumed to be Richelieu)
- "Iris, at your casement red the roses are..."
- No. 10 - Finale Act I
- "The sweets that you gave me lately so greatly I find I enjoy..."
ACT II - In Richelieu's Apartments, Paris.
- No. 11 - Opening Scene - Footmen, Moulinet, Fleury, Caniffe, Lepas, Richelieu & Chorus
- "It is the stroke of noon..."
- No. 12 - Trio - Abbé, Lieutenant, & Richelieu
- "Oh the life of a bold dragoon is the life for which I hunger..."
- No. 13 - Song - Abbé, Richelieu, & Men's Chorus
- "Gentlemen who come today for the art of rapier play..."
- No. 14 - Duet - Matignon & Abbé
- "There was once a little Don; when his biggest wig was on..."
- No. 15 - Entrance of Maids of Honour, with Richelieu
- "We've come to you, the Duc de Richelieu..."
- No. 15a - Song - Richelieu & Chorus
- "Five little pigs lived in a stye - I don't say when and I don't know why..." (5 verses)
- No. 16 - Song - Diane
- "If I could hush this foolish love that sighs and cries..."
- No. 17 - Finale Act II
- "What on earth can be the matter? What's become of his Grace? ..."
- No. 17a - Curtain Music
- "Heir to a name that lives in fame..."
ACT III - In the Gardens of Richelieu's House at St. Cloud.
- No. 18 - Fête Galante
- "Through our June afternoon, now shadows are longer growing..."
- No. 19 - Song - Richelieu
- "I don't want to cry or lie down and die, I want to be brave and plucky..."
- No. 20 - Song - Abbé
- "We were both of us young when we met, Lisette, at the well, when the sun was setting..."
- No. 21 - Song - Diane
- "Tell me, ancient mossy dial, why so slow the moments creep, when our hearts are sick with trial..."
- No. 22 - Song - Matignon, with Chorus
- "While I live, all I can give I will lavish on love and beauty..."
- No. 23 - Finale Act III
You could also download a ZIP file containing the vocal items in Midi Karaoke format. This would allow you to follow the lyrics, provided you install the necessary vanBasco's Karaoke Player which you may obtain free of charge from their website.
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