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Subject: Re: Interpolated notes
From: donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 25 Sep 2017 02:56:11 -0400
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It's not the plot, it's not the pageantry, it's the music.  Why not listen
to it
as music?  Alternatively, why not have the sopranos in the chorus all sing
an Eflat in unison, drowning every body out?

dtmk


On Sun, Sep 24, 2017 at 8:16 PM, <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Of course, not a single person has even mentioned whether a high E flat
> fits in with what's happening in the plot.  Yes, there is a lot of pagentry
> - but it's all ironic, as all the protagonists don't give a damn about it
> and are heavily engaged in lots of internal dialogue and turmoil.  That's
> what makes the scene exciting - not pagentry for its own sake, but that
> it's so very much at odds with what's going on with the characters.
>
> "What hope now is left to me?
> For him, glory and the throne,
> for me, oblivion and the tears
> of a hopeless love."
>
>
> Those are Aida's lines at the end of act 2.  Given the context of her
> hopeless situation, does it sound like she wants to sing a high E flat?
>
>
> Bob Kosovsky, Ph.D. -- Curator, Rare Books and Manuscripts,
> Music Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
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