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GOREYOGRAPHY EXCLUSIVE
EDWARD GOREY in JAPAN
Translation or Transformation: A Chat with Motoyuki Shibata

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INTRODUCTION

A WorldCat view of Prof. Motoyuki Shibata's works


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What everyone, including the Prince, wanted a hundred years back was to experience the joys of The Mikadoís pointed, thinly disguised parodies of upper class society, delivered via W.S. Gilbertís clever patter songs, in cheerful synchronicity to Sullivanís catchy melodies. And do they shine exemplary. Take the introduction of Ko-Ko, Lord High Executioner and heavy in Act One. Ko-koís solo patter song is wonderfully crafted [line numbers added]:

  

Taken from the county jail [1]
  By a set of curious chances; [2]
Liberated then on bail, [3]
  On my own recognizances; [4]
Wafted by a favouring gale [5]
  As one sometimes is in trances, [6]
To a height that few can scale, [7]
  Save by long and weary dances; [8]
Surely, never had a male [9]
  Under such like circumstances [10]
So adventurous a tale, [11]
  Which may rank with most romances. [12]

Sullivanís memorable ditty is tightly woven around Gilbertís libretto. There are seven syllable sounds in the first line and every odd line thereafter, and eight syllable sounds in the second line and every even line thereafter. Musical notes accent each syllable sound, though with varying duration held for the last syllable of each verse. And itís pretty much like that with every patter song in this operetta. Thatís what makes it fun to listen to: a bit of musical levity and itís seemingly coincidental timing, with storyline and wordplay. The director can build in a tiny bit of margin for the performer to exercise dynamic inflection and color, but otherwise, through diligent rehearsal, singer and orchestra can perform in near perfect synchronization. And thatís just for musical timing.



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