OPEN[PLAY]Don Juan, or The Feast with the Statue by Molière - thw

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Post by ToddHW » April 2nd, 2020, 4:08 am

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April 2nd, 2020, 4:04 am

Todd: you must have missed my comment about the poor man, I will insert the line into the MW.

Sonia
Whoops. Poor man....

Thanks, Todd

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Post by adrianstephens » April 2nd, 2020, 4:25 am

Happy to read Sganarelle.
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Post by ToddHW » April 2nd, 2020, 4:27 am

Thank you.

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Post by jennlea » April 2nd, 2020, 5:00 am

Kitty wrote:
April 2nd, 2020, 4:04 am

According to wikipedia, Zerlina and Masetto are country folk, so yes, there is a a big chance it was this scene that provided the background to them.

And your Charlotte is wonderfully acted out. :clap: I look so forward to hearing our dialogue together :lol: it will be great fun. You sound quite ingénue too, but switch to fierce later on. Well done ! Thank you so much. Totally PL ok.
Thank you! I had fun reading her. Zerlina was in my repertoire but I sadly never got to perform her entire role so I'm glad that I got to read something here that seems very similar to her!

Can't wait to hear the finished play and our parts put together!
-Jenn B.

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Post by jennlea » April 2nd, 2020, 6:26 am

ToddHW wrote:
April 2nd, 2020, 4:07 am
Thank you.

In the translator's introduction to this play in the archive.org text, I think it says that Mozart's librettist went back to the original Spanish source material for the play rather than using Moliere's version, although a number of other folks did "steal" Moliere's material. (This was back in the day where such "theft" was almost regarded as praise, and no international copyright protected authors, playwrights, or composers anyway.)

But I think it would take more than just our translator's word to convince me.

Thanks, Todd
Thank you! I had skipped right over the introduction and dove into reading the play.
-Jenn B.

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Post by adrianstephens » April 2nd, 2020, 6:54 am

adrianstephens wrote:
April 2nd, 2020, 4:25 am
Happy to read Sganarelle.
Wikipedia says: "Sganarelle, a truculent, superstitious, cowardly, greedy fellow who engages with his master in intellectual debates."
Working out how to draw that out in a vocal performance.
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Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading) https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM

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Post by adrianstephens » April 2nd, 2020, 9:08 am

adrianstephens wrote:
April 2nd, 2020, 4:25 am
Happy to read Sganarelle.
Act 1, Sganarelle for PL @ 9:59.
https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/donjuan_sganarelle_1_128kb.mp3
My Librivox-related YouTube series starts here: Part 0: Introduction. https://youtu.be/pMHYycgA5VU
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Part 15: Case Study (Poem) https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading) https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM

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Post by ToddHW » April 2nd, 2020, 9:25 am

adrianstephens wrote:
April 2nd, 2020, 9:08 am
adrianstephens wrote:
April 2nd, 2020, 4:25 am
Happy to read Sganarelle.
Act 1, Sganarelle for PL @ 9:59.
https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/donjuan_sganarelle_1_128kb.mp3
I am sure Sonia will tell you if you are truculent, superstitious, cowardly, and greedy enough...

Thanks, Todd

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Post by Kitty » April 2nd, 2020, 10:53 am

ToddHW wrote:
April 2nd, 2020, 9:25 am
adrianstephens wrote:
April 2nd, 2020, 9:08 am
Act 1, Sganarelle for PL @ 9:59.
https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/donjuan_sganarelle_1_128kb.mp3
I am sure Sonia will tell you if you are truculent, superstitious, cowardly, and greedy enough...
check on all 4 accounts :thumbs: I extremely liked the performance, especially the constant hesitant way of speaking, the little embarrassed laugh and the genuine exasperation in your voice whenever Don Juan is not listening :lol: Great job ! Looking forward to the rest.

PL ok, thank you, Adrian

Sonia

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Post by adrianstephens » April 3rd, 2020, 9:29 am

Kitty wrote:
April 2nd, 2020, 10:53 am
ToddHW wrote:
April 2nd, 2020, 9:25 am
adrianstephens wrote:
April 2nd, 2020, 9:08 am
Act 1, Sganarelle for PL @ 9:59.
https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/donjuan_sganarelle_1_128kb.mp3
I am sure Sonia will tell you if you are truculent, superstitious, cowardly, and greedy enough...
check on all 4 accounts :thumbs: I extremely liked the performance, especially the constant hesitant way of speaking, the little embarrassed laugh and the genuine exasperation in your voice whenever Don Juan is not listening :lol: Great job ! Looking forward to the rest.

PL ok, thank you, Adrian

Sonia
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Here they are ready for PL
https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/donjuan_sganarelle_2_128kb.mp3 @ 2:51
https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/donjuan_sganarelle_3_128kb.mp3 @ 8:38
https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/donjuan_sganarelle_4_128kb.mp3 @ 4:37
https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/donjuan_sganarelle_5_128kb.mp3 @ 3:52
My Librivox-related YouTube series starts here: Part 0: Introduction. https://youtu.be/pMHYycgA5VU
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Part 15: Case Study (Poem) https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading) https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM

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Post by ToddHW » April 3rd, 2020, 10:02 am

Thank you.

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Post by alanmapstone » April 3rd, 2020, 10:48 pm

ToddHW wrote:
April 2nd, 2020, 4:07 am
In the translator's introduction to this play in the archive.org text, I think it says that Mozart's librettist went back to the original Spanish source material for the play rather than using Moliere's version, although a number of other folks did "steal" Moliere's material. (This was back in the day where such "theft" was almost regarded as praise, and no international copyright protected authors, playwrights, or composers anyway.)
But I think it would take more than just our translator's word to convince me.
Mozart's librettist Lorenzo da Ponte knew the French theatrical repertoire well, that is why he used a Beaumarchais play as the basis for The Marriage of Figaro. I am sure he would have known this play even if he mainly used other older Spanish sources.
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Post by alanmapstone » April 4th, 2020, 2:59 am

Don Carlos act 3

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/donjuan_doncarlos_3.mp3

It does not say in the text which of the brothers is the elder but I think it must be Carlos. Alonzo, as the younger brother, is incensed with anger and hell bent on revenge but Carlos, the older brother, seems more resigned than angry. He knows that he must defend his family's honour, and possibly risk his life in the process, but he does it dispassionately out of a sense of duty and feels no real anger. That is my reading of the text and what I have tried to convey. I thought it would made a dramatic contrast if the brothers showed different feelings.
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Post by ToddHW » April 4th, 2020, 5:16 am

Thank you for the file and the notes.

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Post by Kitty » April 4th, 2020, 6:41 am

adrianstephens wrote:
April 3rd, 2020, 9:29 am
My wages!
Here they are ready for PL
wooo, you've been prolific yesterday, great job, Adrian :thumbs: Sganarelle is sniveling and grovelling his way through all the acts :lol: I loved it very much.

Act 5 is already PL ok, but I have a few short edits for the other three:

Act 2:
> at 0:38: there is an unusual sound like a loud siren, which nearly gave me a heart attack. Could you cut this out please (Todd's heart may not be as strong as mine)

Act 3:
> at 6:37: (p. 114) "Do you not know it ?" - you forgot "no"

Act 4:
> at 4:31: (p. 126) "no need of light..." this is the statue speaking, you can cut that one out

thanks
Sonia

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