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Subject: Re: another Boheme
From: "G. Paul Padillo" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:G. Paul Padillo
Date:Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:21:40 -0500

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"But at the same time, he also clearly didn't want to stop the momentum of the scene. So he 
made the only compromise that seems to make sense - which is that there would be at least 
some reaction in the moment - and then hopefully the audience would *also* notice that the 
music wasn't stopping. I think a final cadence and room for applause would have been a far 
worse compositional choice. "

Absolutely.  You cannot break up the forward momentum at that moment and Puccini knew 
this.  It's fascinating to hear how he handled this - genius really - with a lighthearted reprise of 
the Waltz, allowing it to fade with a rapid segue into the snare drums of the military tattoo 
that ushers in the parade and chorus.  The effect is thrilling and perfectly capping perhaps the 
happiest and most charming 18-20 minutes in all of opera.


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