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The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

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- Gounod: FAUST [Includes RealAudio Selections]
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Act III: Jewel Song excerpt : "[Comment n'être pas] coquette" ... "le bracelet et le collier!"

Nellie Melba (s), Marguerite

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra -- Luigi Mancinelli

March 28, 1901

[Snake; Glackens 85.]

Melba's excerpt begins after Marguerite has discovered and opened the mysterious casket of jewels, as she launches into the "Jewel Song". Shortly after the beginning of the middle section of the aria, the recording is interrupted by a Mapleson family recording (Side 12/Band 12: "I want to build my own house with my own blocks!").

[original]

MARGUERITE

[Comment n'être pas] coquette?
Ah! je ris de me voir
si belle en ce miroir!
Ah! je ris de me voir
si belle en ce miroir!
Est-ce toi, Marguerite,
est-ce toi?
Réponds-moi, réponds-moi,
réponds, réponds, réponds vite!
Non! non! -- ce n'est plus toi!
Non, non,
ce n'est plus ton visage!
C'est la fille d'un roi,
c'est la fille d'un roi!
Ce n'est plus toi,
ce n'est plus toi!
C'est la fille d'un roi,
qu'on salue au passage!
Ah! s'il était ici!
S'il me voyait ainsi!
Comme une demoiselle
il me trouverait belle!
Ah! comme une demoiselle
il me trouverait belle!
Comme une demoiselle
il me trouverait belle!
Achevons la métamorphose!
Il me tarde encore d'essayer
le bracelet et le collier.

[translation]

MARGUERITE

But am I not becoming vain?
Ah! I laugh, as I pass,
to look into a glass!
Ah! I laugh, as I pass,
to look into a glass!
Is it truly Marguerite, then?
Is it you?
Tell me true, tell me true,
tell me, tell me, tell me true!
No, no, 'tis not you!
No, no,
that bright face there reflected
must belong to a queen,
must belong to a queen!
'Tis not you,
'tis not you!
It must belong to a queen,
whom I greet as I pass her!
Ah! could he see me now,
here decked like this, I vow,
he surely would mistake me,
and for a noble lady take me!
Ah! he surely would mistake me,
and for a noble lady take me!
He surely would mistake me,
and for a noble lady take me!
I'll try on the rest,
the necklace and the bracelets
I fain would try.


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