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The Rose of Algeria (Herbert, MacDonagh)

MorwenEdhelwen1 26 Jul 12 - 07:44 PM
MorwenEdhelwen1 26 Jul 12 - 07:51 PM
MorwenEdhelwen1 27 Jul 12 - 07:05 AM
GUEST,leeneia 27 Jul 12 - 08:46 AM
MorwenEdhelwen1 27 Jul 12 - 09:27 PM
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MorwenEdhelwen1 28 Jul 12 - 12:05 AM
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GUEST,leeneia 28 Jul 12 - 10:48 AM
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Subject: The Rose of Algeria (Herbert, MacDonagh)
From: MorwenEdhelwen1
Date: 26 Jul 12 - 07:44 PM

l recently discovered this Victor Herbert production, originally called "Algeria," but then revamped and given a new name. The plot is like a genderflipped Desert Song meets Cyrano de Bergerac in Algeria.

The heroine, an Arab noblewoman, disguises herself as a dancer and goes out onto the streets to discover the identity of this mysterious poet whose words she's fallen in love with because he's the only man she wants to marry. He turns out to be a French Legionnaire.


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Subject: RE: The Rose of Algeria (Herbert, MacDonagh)
From: MorwenEdhelwen1
Date: 26 Jul 12 - 07:51 PM

One interesting thing about it is the fact that it's one of the few stories I've found where a) one of the leads is actually Arab, never revealed to be secretly White to ease discomfort with mixed marriages (I hate that trope SO MUCH, even though I understand the reason for it.) and (b)where it's a White man falling in love with an Arab woman. Even in modern desert romance novels, it's the man who is Arab and the woman who is White.


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Subject: RE: The Rose of Algeria (Herbert, MacDonagh)
From: MorwenEdhelwen1
Date: 27 Jul 12 - 07:05 AM

Anyone else heard of Algeria/Rose Of Algeria?


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Subject: RE: The Rose of Algeria (Herbert, MacDonagh)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 27 Jul 12 - 08:46 AM

No, I never heard of it, but I bet it provides a chance to play and sing lovely melodies in minor keys. Am I right?

You say you discovered it. Did you come across a movie, or what?


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Subject: RE: The Rose of Algeria (Herbert, MacDonagh)
From: MorwenEdhelwen1
Date: 27 Jul 12 - 09:27 PM

I just found a few songs on Youtube. And yes, it does have lots of wonderful melodies.

{url] https://sites.google.com/site/cantoncomicoperaco/pastshows/algeria here's a synopsis[/url] Unfortunately, it's never been made into a movie.


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Subject: RE: The Rose of Algeria (Herbert, MacDonagh)
From: MorwenEdhelwen1
Date: 27 Jul 12 - 09:28 PM

That should be:

[url]https://sites.google.com/site/cantoncomicoperaco/pastshows/algeria- Synopsis[/url]


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Subject: Lyr Add: Twilight in Barakeesh
From: MorwenEdhelwen1
Date: 28 Jul 12 - 12:05 AM

Twilight In Barakeesh
(from vocal score on Internet Archive)

Crimson the minaret grows in the western glow,
Twilight in Barakeesh falls!
High o'er the market place
Stilling the throng below,
Clear there the muezzin calls!

And while on high,
The silver crescent swings,
Unto his love an Arab rover sings.

Chorus
True as the blade of my scimitar keen
Staunch as the steel of the shield that I wear,
Is my love, oh Gulnare!
And when my sword on the enemy's rings,
When 'gainst my shield his arrows he wings,
should I false be to thee Gulnare.
Ah, ah, ah, Gulnare!

Tambour and castanet
join in the serenade,
Stars over Barakeesh glow!
Out of the desert's heart,
Clear as a mountain rill,
Winds of the eventide blow!

And while o'er all
The night its mantle flings,
Unto his love an Arab rover sings.
(Chorus)


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Subject: RE: The Rose of Algeria (Herbert, MacDonagh)
From: MorwenEdhelwen1
Date: 28 Jul 12 - 12:09 AM

BTW, Gulnare apparently means "pomegranate flower" in Persian.


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Subject: RE: The Rose of Algeria (Herbert, MacDonagh)
From: MorwenEdhelwen1
Date: 28 Jul 12 - 12:17 AM

*May they death to me bring* is the missing line of the chorus.


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Subject: RE: The Rose of Algeria (Herbert, MacDonagh)
From: MorwenEdhelwen1
Date: 28 Jul 12 - 07:18 AM

BTW, the librettist for TROA was the same librettist for Babes In Toyland.


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Subject: RE: The Rose of Algeria (Herbert, MacDonagh)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 28 Jul 12 - 10:48 AM

It's a fun song, Morwen. See my post in the thread 'Does anyone else have this problem?'


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Subject: RE: The Rose of Algeria (Herbert, MacDonagh)
From: MorwenEdhelwen1
Date: 28 Jul 12 - 08:32 PM

Leeneia, could you please transpose that MIDI?


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Subject: RE: The Rose of Algeria (Herbert, MacDonagh)
From: MorwenEdhelwen1
Date: 28 Jul 12 - 08:37 PM

BTW, the soprano roles in operetta tend to be really high. Really high- I suppose anyone who could sing, say, Christine, or you know, any of the female roles in ALW's Phantom of the Opera could sing this.


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Subject: RE: The Rose of Algeria (Herbert, MacDonagh)
From: MorwenEdhelwen1
Date: 28 Jul 12 - 08:58 PM

Addition to the above: *in its original key, that is.*


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