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     Gounod: FAUST   [Includes RealAudio Selections]      Table of Contents     				  				   Band 2

The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

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Act II: Waltz excerpt : "[Valsons, valsons,] valsons encore! Valsons!" ...to end of act

Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra --

Luigi Mancinelli

January 9, 1903

[Glackens 34.]

At the Kermesse, after Marguerite has refused Faust's offer of escort, the chorus (singing in Italian) resumes the celebrated Waltz. (This performance eschews a cut in the coda common in Met Faust performances of the Fifties.)

[original]

CHORUS

[Valsiam, valsiam,] valsiam ancor!
Valsiam, valsiam, valsiam ognor!
Valsiam! Valsiam! Valsiam! Valsiam! Ah!
Come le brezza allor che lieve,
viena la sera a sussurar,
fa la polve sol levar,
fa la polve sol levar.
Che la ridda ci trascini,
ed i colli a noi vicini,
di canzoni echeggeran,
di canzoni echeggeran.
Sino a perder fiato, sino a morir,
un Dio li trascina č voluttā!
Sino a perder fiato, sino a morir,
un Dio li trascina č voluttā!
La terra pargiri e dispar lor,
Qual suon, quale gioia sguardi d'amor! ecc.

[translation]

CHORUS

Waltz, waltz, waltz again!
Waltz, waltz, waltz, everyone!
Waltz, waltz, waltz, waltz! Ah!
As the wind that sportively plays,
at first will light dust only raise.
yet at last becomes a gale.
yet at last becomes a gale.
So our dancing and our singing.
soft at first, then loudly ringing
will resound o'er hill and dale.
will resound o'er hill and dale.
How great is the pleasure, thus to whirl round,
'neath heavens no greater e'er can be found!
How great is the pleasure, thus to whirl round,
'neath heavens no greater e'er can be found!
The earth seems advancing to meet the blue sky,
in joy, love, and music, hours swiftly fly! etc.


     Gounod: FAUST   [Includes RealAudio Selections]      Table of Contents     				  				   Band 2