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[Aslan roars]

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When I am laid, am laid in earth, May my wrongs create
No trouble, no trouble in thy breast;
Remember me, remember me, but ah! forget my fate.
Remember me, but ah! forget my fate.
………………..
by Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

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Beethoven in 1803. When Beethoven wrote this letter, he had only completely two symphonies.

Beethoven in 1803. When Beethoven wrote this letter, he had only completed two symphonies.

Oct. 10, 1802

“As the leaves of autumn fall and are withered, so hope has been blighted. Oh, you men who think of say that I am malevolent, stubborn or misanthropic. How greatly do you wrong me. For six years, I have been a hopeless case, frustrated by senseless physicians, cheated year after year in the hope of improvement, finally compelled to the face the prospect of a permanent affliction. Yet, it was impossible for me of all people to say, “Speak louder, shout for I am deaf.” How could I possibly admit an affliction in the one sense which had been more perfect in me than in others. What humiliation when someone could stand next to me and hear a flute in the distance, and I heard nothing. Such humiliation brought me to the verge of despair. Any more, and I would have taken my life. Only art held me back. For I could not leave the world until I had produced all I felt called upon to produce.” Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Here is the second movement of my favorite symphony by Beethoven, the seventh, written in 1811:

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Flower Duet

Under the thick dome where the white jasmine
With the roses entwined together
On the river bank covered with flowers laughing in the morning
Let us descend together!

Gently floating on its charming risings,
On the river’s current
On the shining waves,
One hand reaches,
Reaches for the bank,
Where the spring sleeps,
And the bird, the bird sings.

Under the thick dome where the white jasmine
Ah! calling us
Together!

Under the thick dome where white jasmine
With the roses entwined together
On the river bank covered with flowers laughing in the morning
Let us descend together!

Gently floating on its charming risings,
On the river’s current
On the shining waves,
One hand reaches,
Reaches for the bank,
Where the spring sleeps,
And the bird, the bird sings.

Under the thick dome where the white jasmine
Ah! calling us
Together!

Sous le dôme épais

Où le blanc jasmin
À la rose s’assemble
Sur la rive en fleurs,
Riant au matin
Viens, descendons ensemble.

Doucement glissons de son flot charmant
Suivons le courant fuyant
Dans l’onde frémissante
D’une main nonchalante

Viens, gagnons le bord,
Où la source dort et
L’oiseau, l’oiseau chante.

Sous le dôme épais
Où le blanc jasmin,
Ah! descendons
Ensemble!

Sous le dôme épais
Où le blanc jasmin
À la rose s’assemble
Sur la rive en fleurs,
Riant au matin
Viens, descendons ensemble.

Doucement glissons de son flot charmant
Suivons le courant fuyant
Dans l’onde frémissante
D’une main nonchalante
Viens, gagnons le bord,
Où la source dort et
L’oiseau, l’oiseau chante.

Sous le dôme épais
Où le blanc jasmin,
Ah! descendons
Ensemble!
………………
Léo Delibes (1836-1891)

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V’adoro, pupille, Cleopatra’s aria from Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar)

V’adoro, pupille,
saette d’amore,
le vostre faville
son grate nel sen.
Pietose vi brama
il mesto mio core,
ch’ogn’ora vi chiama
l’amato suo ben.
V’adoro, pupille.

I adore you, eyes,
lightning bolts of love,
your sparks
are welcome in my breast.
My sad heart
desires you (to be) compassionate,
(my heart) which at every hour calls you
its dearest beloved.
I adore you, eyes.
……………………………
by George Frideric Handel (1785-1759)
Translation by Rebecca Burstein

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This is one of the pieces I will be singing in Vermont in December.

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