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Coloring Club Plus — 3/9/19 and Tick Tock Tuesday #31

Mar 9

I decided to listen to “The Most Relaxing Classical Album in the World… Ever!” It’s a 2-disc set that has a total of 36 of, as it touts, the most relaxing classical music ever. I listened to the first CD, which has two achingly beautiful songs, one of which is, “The Flower Duet” by Delibes.

Imagine the ice cream as flowers.

Per wikipedia: Clément Philibert Léo Delibes (b. 2/21/1836 – d 1/16/1891) was a French composer of the Romantic era (1815–1910), who specialised in ballets, operas, and other works for the stage… Of Delibes’s various operas, the last and most important completed work was the lush orientalizing Lakmé (first performed in Paris in 1883), which contains …The Flower Duet (“Sous le dôme épais”)… The “Flower Duet” (French: Duo des fleurs / Sous le dôme épais) is a famous duet for soprano and mezzo-soprano.  The duet takes place in act 1 of the three-act opera, between characters Lakmé, the daughter of a Brahmin priest, and her servant Mallika, as they go to gather flowers by a river.

The version I chose off of youtube is in another language. I was able to find the lyrics in English. It’s a perfect song for Spring. I just read the weather report and warm weather – from the south! – is on its way. If this music doesn’t touch you, you have no heart!

Erika Miklosa (Lakmé)

Bernadett Wiedemann (Mallika)

THE FLOWER DUET from LAKME by Leo Delibes, new English translation by Joel Sattler

LAKMÉ:
Look Mallika! Lianes are in bloom
Casting downward their shadows
Over the sacred stream that flows calm and somber
Awakened by the sound of the song-happy birds!

MALLIKA:
Oh dear mistress!
It’s time at last I see you smiling
The time has come and I am reading
What was closed up in the heart of Lakme!

LAKMÉ [in duet with Mallika, below]
Dome canopy sweet jasmine
All the roses forever
Flowers in the morn freshly born
Call us to come together
Ah glide along and sing along
The current so strong
The sun so hot the water is shimmering
Hand skimming the surface nonchalantly
Cutting through the edge
While birds are singing singing sing enchanted
Dome canopy white jasmine
Call us to come together
Please

MALLIKA [in duet with Lakme, above]:
Under dome canopy where the white jasmine
All the roses forever
River flowers in the morn freshly born
Let us both go down together
Gently we glide on and we float along
Follow the current so strong
The sun so hot the water is shimmering
Hand skimming the surface nonchalantly
Come let us reach the edge
Where the spring sleeps
And birds singing, sing enchanted
Under dome canopy where the white jasmine
Let us go down together

LAKME:
I, don’t know what overcame me
To fill my heart full of fear
When my father goes down alone to the doomed city
I tremble, I tremble, my dear

MALLIKA:
Ganesha will watch over his protege
Up til the pond where the merry do play
With wings of snow swans are swimming
Come let us pick the lotus blue

LAKME:
Oh yes, let’s go where white swans are swimming
And let us pick the lotus blue

LAKMÉ [in duet with Mallika, below]
Dome canopy sweet jasmine
All the roses forever
Flowers in the morn freshly born
Call us to come together
Ah glide along and sing along
The current so strong
The sun so hot the water is shimmering
Hand skimming the surface nonchalantly
Cutting through the edge
While birds are singing singing sing enchanted
Dome canopy white jasmine
Call us to come together
Please

MALLIKA [in duet with Lakme, above]:
Under dome canopy where the white jasmine
All the roses forever
River flowers in the morn freshly born
Let us both go down together
Gently we glide on and we float along
Follow the current so strong
The sun so hot the water is shimmering
Hand skimming the surface nonchalantly
Come let us reach the edge
Where the spring sleeps
And birds singing, sing enchanted
Under dome canopy where the white jasmine
Let us go down together

Translation from French to English by Joel Sattler

 

I am also linking this song to Mr. Bump’s Tick Tock Tuesday.
Mr. Bump is the host of Tick Tock Tuesday.  Mr. Bump says:
I will tag my posts TTT and I will go looking for other posts with that tag. If you’d like to join in, please do the same, or comment, or pingback to this post, and feel free to reproduce my graphic. Lastly, I look forward to reading about what makes you tick.

 

13 thoughts on “Coloring Club Plus — 3/9/19 and Tick Tock Tuesday #31

  1. Just before midnight in Canada. I’m on my fourth can of beer and your blog pops up. I’m an opera lover and was entranced by your choice, The Flower Duet, what not to love. This along with the Pearl Fishers Duet is absolutely sublime. Thanks.

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  2. A dose of classical music once in a while is good for you. Liked the song will have to look for the Cd. Thanks for sharing! and I will take a 4 scoop Butter Pecan ice cream on a cone.

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    1. When I hear classical music it’s usually on a CD (except when my kids were in h.s., they both played instruments). To see the singers actually singing the sounds of angels… Glad you liked it. You know, my dad’s favorite ice cream was butter pecan.

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        1. Same here with the classical. A lot of the time it sounds so generic there is nothing to look forward to, if you know what I mean. Ironically, Bach, who is known for rolling repeating, is one of my favorites. Bach was contracted by a guy named Goldberg to compose music to fall asleep to as he was a chronic insomniac. Bach composed The Goldberg Variations.

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          1. I enjoy classical music- i just have no knowledge of it- and generally wouldn’t be able to tell who did what unless I am told this is by — Mozart or whomever. I do recognize some stuff that I’ve heard before.

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  3. Of course, I recognized it when I heard it, but not the name. It’s lovely. I always wanted to like opera but did not like the one opera I went to. I was later told that the opera I chose was *not* a good place to start. It was Italian, at a time when my eyes were getting worse, so even though they translated on a side-screen, I couldn’t follow it.
    I am honoured indeed that you mention me in the same post as ice cream!

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