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Post by ToddHW » April 19th, 2020, 12:47 pm

Life is a Dream by Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600 - 1681). Translated by Edward FitzGerald (1809 - 1883)

Of all Calderon's works, "Life is a Dream" may be regarded as the most universal in its theme. It seeks to teach a lesson that may be learned from the philosophers and religious thinkers of many ages—that the world of our senses is a mere shadow, and that the only reality is to be found in the invisible and eternal. The story which forms its basis is Oriental in origin, and in the form of the legend of "Barlaam and Josaphat" was familiar in all the literatures of the Middle Ages. Combined with this in the plot is the tale of Abou Hassan from the "Arabian Nights," the main situations in which are turned to farcical purposes in the Induction to the Shakespearean "Taming of the Shrew." But with Calderon the theme is lifted altogether out of the atmosphere of comedy, and is worked up with poetic sentiment and a touch of mysticism into a symbolic drama of profound and universal philosophical significance.
( The Translator)

We also have this in the original Spanish: https://librivox.org/la-vida-es-sueno-by-pedro-calderon-de-la-barca/
  • This project is complete. Audio files can be found in our catalog at https://librivox.org/life-is-a-dream-by-pedro-calderon-de-la-barca/



    You liked The Wonder Working Magician? Here is another by Calderon. This one is more about people - no demons or skeletons in this one - but there is a big question throughout this about what is real and what is a shadow world. This version also has a different translator: I have read that this translator is better English - but less of Calderon, while the Magician translator was not as good English but more of Calderon

    Gender neutral, of course. And we now have our own DPL, cadastra. Many thanks and a round of applause please.

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      This paragraph is temporary and will be replaced by the MC with the list of sections and reader (Magic Window) once this project is in the admin system.
      • Project Code: BFCebN3R
      • Link to author on Wikipedia (if available): ( Pedro Calderón de la Barca) : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/_Pedro_Calderón_de_la_Barca
      • Link to title on Wikipedia (if available): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_Is_a_Dream
      • Number of sections (files) this project will have: 41
      • Does the project have an introduction or preface [y/n]: No
      • Original publication date (if known): 1629
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        Genres for the project: Plays/Drama

        Keywords that describe the book: duty, shadow world

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      • BEFORE recording: Please check the Recording Notes: viewtopic.php?p=6430#p6430

        Set your recording software to:
        Channels: 1 (Mono)
        Bit Rate: 128 kbps
        Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz

        Submit one file per act.
      • Make sure you add this to the beginning of your recording:
        [Role], read by [your name].

        If you are reading stage directions, please include for each file:At the beginning: Act [#] of Life is a Dream by Pedro Calderón de la Barca. Translated by Edward FitzGerald (1809 - 1883) This is a Librivox recording. All Librivox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit Librivox dot org.

        At the end: End of Act [#].

        Please remember to check this thread frequently for updates!
      • AFTER recording
        Save files as 128 kbps MP3
        lifeisadream_[role]_[#]_128kb.mp3 (all lower-case) where ## is the act number.



        Transfer of files (completed recordings) Please always post in this forum thread when you've sent a file. Also, post the length of the recording (file duration: mm:ss) together with the link.
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        Any questions?
        Please post below
      Thanks, Todd

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Post by alanmapstone » April 19th, 2020, 1:07 pm

May I read Clotaldo (or Fife if you are reading Clotaldo yourself)

Fitzgerald's version of this play has always been regarded as an adaptation rather than a translation. He made some changes to avoid offending the sensitivities of English Victorian audiences.
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Post by WiltedScribe » April 19th, 2020, 4:51 pm

I'd love to give Segismund a go. :)
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Post by Availle » April 19th, 2020, 5:07 pm

Can I read for Rosaura? I can be very ladylike (if I have to). :D
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Post by ToddHW » April 19th, 2020, 5:17 pm

Thank you. Hopefully you will be properly treated as a lady by the various gentlemen in their roles.

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Post by alanmapstone » April 19th, 2020, 8:11 pm

Availle wrote:
April 19th, 2020, 5:07 pm
Can I read for Rosaura? I can be very ladylike (if I have to). :D
Rosaura may be a lady but she is disguised as a man for part of the play and unafraid of fighting people if necessary :thumbs:
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Post by SonOfTheExiles » April 20th, 2020, 11:35 pm

Since Rosaura is a Muscovite Lady, it would be logical to assume that her attendant Fife is also Russian, wouldn't it?

You know why I'm asking. :mrgreen:

Sign me up for Fife please, Todd.


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Post by ToddHW » April 21st, 2020, 3:28 am

Let's see. Could it be that you want to offer her a good deal on some of the Old Barnyard "brandy" you were pushing in Money-Spinner?

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Post by SonOfTheExiles » April 21st, 2020, 3:51 am

Well, let me just say re The Hobby Horse, forget the horses, I reckon the track vet ought to swab some of those jockeys! :shock:
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Post by ToddHW » April 21st, 2020, 6:17 am

Or use what they're drinking as sanitizer...

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Post by CharlesMichael1397 » April 21st, 2020, 6:32 am

I'm new here and I would like to read Astolfo's parts please...

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Post by ToddHW » April 21st, 2020, 8:23 am

Welcome to Librivox.

Please make sure you complete the "1 Minute Test" for review before you start actively recording anything for projects. This is NOT an audition, but a way to check to make sure all your technical settings are correct, your volume loud enough, etc. You will find the information for the 1-Minute Test Recording here: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/1-Minute_Test. The instructions also tell you how to upload your test and then post in the Listeners and Editors Wanted forum so someone can give you feedback on it.

I will hold the part for you so you can get the test finished.

Hope someone has given you the habit-forming addiction warning....

The first posting in this (and every) project has the instructions on file names and uploading files and posting the uploader link in the forum to have the file Proof-Listened. These instructions are pretty standard throughout Librivox. I have also made a short summary for the important special rules in drama, so here goes:

1) you don't have to read an intro or outro disclaimer, this will be done by the narrator. Instead, record your voice credit at the beginning of the file, which should be something like: "Iphicrate, prince in love with Eriphyle, read by XXXX" (whatever you want your reader name to be)

2) then browse through the text and record all the lines you have to speak. Also include any "All" lines while your character is on stage. For a big role it may be good to read the entire play to get into character, but at least it would be good to read a bit around your lines, see what the others are saying, so you can better "react" to them. Just be as expressive (according to the character) as you can in your role.

3) if there are pointers in the text qualifying your voice, like [laughs] or [whines], an added bonus would be that you act those out in your reading, if possible, to make it all more interesting.

4) your file will be proof-listened, and you may receive some notes on corrections and their time locations in your file. These will be posted in the forum and show in the Magic Window marked as "See PL Notes" - please cut corrections into your file to update it and upload a new file (SAME NAME) in a reasonable time - like before your voice and equipment setup change and everything sounds different!

5) and most importantly: please leave enough space between each of your speeches, preferably 5-10 seconds or more. Even when you have the stage directions in the middle of your speech (for example: [kisses her hand]), also leave 5-10 seconds of pause there, because our editor (me) later on has to copy all your parts and paste them into his (my) master file and it's helpful if he (me) has enough space to fiddle with

That's it, I think. Just have fun acting out. And post any questions here.

Thanks, Todd

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Post by CharlesMichael1397 » April 21st, 2020, 2:02 pm

Heya Todd.

Just finished my 1 Minute Test. You can check it out here:
viewtopic.php?f=21&t=79432

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Post by ccavarlez » April 22nd, 2020, 8:35 am

Hello, I'd like to play Estrella if possible! I'm also new, and I've completed the 1 minute test as well.

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