[lit-ideas] Re: Of Alfred and Other Masques

> My point was that apparently in the original Masque, the
> thing was sung by  
> Alfred (the tenor),  but I'm not sure about it. So it's not
> Britannia 
> herself  that sings.

oh sorry, JL.  It isn't Britannia who sings, indeed.  And 
  yes it should be 'rule' not 'rules'.  


> All the Prom perfomers cited by the wiki are female,
> though.

I must look for that, meanwhile, as you say, Thomas Hampson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoHgSLp19YE

and Bryn Terfel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jTgnEHtg2E&feature=watch_response

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR_bJFpilu8


> In my other post, I noted who the singers in the original
> masque were --  
> and it is THEM (as recorded by the Baroque revival groups)
> that would give us 
> a  painting of the way Arne MEANT the thing to be
> sung, I expect.


yes, these days it's one of the modern arrangements, always


Judy Evans, Cardiff 
--- On Tue, 14/9/10, Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx <Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx <Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx>
> Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Of Alfred and Other Masques
> To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Date: Tuesday, 14 September, 2010, 17:14
> 
> 
> In a message dated 9/14/2010 8:09:24  A.M., judithevans001@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> 
> writes:
> It isn't sacrosanct, though.  
> 
> ----
> 
> It is a GOOD tradition. For one, to make use of that
> imposing (it does  
> impose itself) building off Kensington Park! 
>  
> ----
> 
> The wiki reads the following about the "Rule Britannia",
> and thanks to  
> Judy for sharing the R. Fleming (a favourite with the New
> York Metropolitan  
> Opera House) as "Britannia".
>  
> My point was that apparently in the original Masque, the
> thing was sung by  
> Alfred (the tenor), but I'm not sure about it. So it's not
> Britannia 
> herself  that sings.
>  
> My favourite impersonation of Britannia comes from "The
> Entertainer", film  
> with Laurence Olivier. From what I recall, there is a bit
> of "Britannia" 
> also in  Bob Hoskins, "Mrs. Henderson Presents" (also
> Judi Dench) -- a film 
> about a  little theatre in the Soho, London -- and the
> need to have those 
> 'immobile'  acts, I think they were called. A nude was
> accepted provided she 
> didn't move.  And one of the ladies plays Britannia. 
>  
> ----
>  
> All the Prom perfomers cited by the wiki are female,
> though. I enjoyed the  
> way the woman (la Sills) is totally deafened (if that's the
> word) by the 
> crowds,  which are pretty tidy musically speaking
> though. After the uproar of 
> the chorus,  they all go VERY SILENT for Beverly Sills
> to go through the 
> LONG verses.
>  
> The melody, for me, is best, at those VERSES rather than
> chorus. Which  
> reminds me of a nice film that Yost may be or should be
> familiar with. I was  
> able to get it on Video, since it's not available on DVD.
> It's Dennis 
> Potter's  "Dreamchild": a tribute to Alice Hargreaves
> (Carroll's "Alice") as she 
> arrives  in Columbia University for a celebration. The
> strains of Rule 
> Britannia are  played so wonderfully. And then the
> chorus magically turns to a 
> song-rendition  of "Will you join the dance?". It's SO
> MOVING!
>  
> (Corale Browne plays Alice at 80 years old, and during this
> ceremony, full  
> of regalia, she recalls the calmer days of those summers on
> the Isis, in 
> Oxford,  when Carroll would tell her the stories of
> the Mock Turtle, and 
> stuff).
> 
> Speranza-----Bordighera
>  
> ps. The singers at the prom have been BOTH female and
> male:
>  
> ""Rule, Britannia!" (in an orchestral arrangement by Sir
> Malcolm Sargent)  
> is traditionally performed at the BBC's Last Night of the
> Proms, normally 
> with a  guest soloist (past performers have included
> Jane Eaglen, Bryn Terfel, 
> Thomas  Hampson and Felicity Lott)."
>  
> and they include that formidable Welshman: Terfel!
>  
> In my other post, I noted who the singers in the original
> masque were --  
> and it is THEM (as recorded by the Baroque revival groups)
> that would give us 
> a  painting of the way Arne MEANT the thing to be
> sung, I expect.
>  
>  
>  
>  
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