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Wed Mar 08 2006
Qs: Assessment of Opera Passages in Lingua Franca
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1. Lawrence A.
Assessment of Opera Passages in Lingua Franca
Message 1: Assessment of Opera Passages in Lingua Franca
From: Lawrence A. Rosenwald <lrosenwaldwellesley.edu>
Subject: Assessment of Opera Passages in Lingua Franca
I'm working on a production of André Campra's 1697 opera L'Europe
Galante.The penultimate scene is set in Turkey (in a harem), and at one
point a chorus of ''Bostangis ou Jardiniers du Grand Seigneur'' sings some
passages of ''paroles franques,'' i.e., words in lingua franca, of which
the opera libretto offers a rhyming translation.
What I'm wondering is, are the words in question actually in a real lingua
franca, or in some cobbled-together approximation of one? or some mix of
Here are some sample passages:
Vivir gran Sultana
Unir li cantara
Mille volte exclamara
Bello como star un flor,
Durar quanto far arbor.
A l'enemigos su sciabola,
Como à frutas Tempesta.
La ruciada matutina
Far florir su Jardina,
Favor celesta Coprir su Turbanata
Star contento, Star, potento,
Del mondo star l'amor, ô lo spavento
En regnar, en amar, far tributir
En regnar, en amar, sempre sentir
plaer sensa tormento,
Dirè far, O disfar Subito Sù lò momento.
My thanks for any help anyone can provide - advice, books or articles to
consult etc. - all the best, and I'll send a summary of whatever I get.
Professor of English, Co-Director of Peace and Justice Studies
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