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Wed Mar 08 2006

Qs: Assessment of Opera Passages in Lingua Franca

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        1.    Lawrence A. Rosenwald, Assessment of Opera Passages in Lingua Franca

Message 1: Assessment of Opera Passages in Lingua Franca
Date: 08-Mar-2006
From: Lawrence A. Rosenwald <lrosenwaldwellesley.edu>
Subject: Assessment of Opera Passages in Lingua Franca

Dear Colleagues,

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
the two?

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
l'Occidento L'Oriento,
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.

Larry Rosenwald
Professor of English, Co-Director of Peace and Justice Studies
Wellesley College

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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