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Subject: Re: another Bohème
From: Mike Leone <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Mike Leone <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:05:56 -0600
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I really think Puccini scored that applause.  The music following  Butterfly's "Ei torna e m'ama" is another such moment.  I always let somebody else start the applause in those two cases, but I am right there once it does start.

Mike Leone

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Ecco il Leone!

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> On Feb 22, 2018, at 6:21 PM, G. Paul Padillo <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> [log in to unmask] wrote (in part):
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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.
> 
> p.
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