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No. 21: Chorus and Solo (Arrostino)

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LUIGI ascends to the balcony of the monastery.

RECITATIVE.

LUIGI. The Duke and Duchess hither wend their ways,
Let us receive them with a song of praise.
ARROSTINO. With glad acclaim we'll make the welkin ring,
The only question is: What shall we sing?

CHORUS.
  We know no song
That fits a throng
    Of friars smug and greasy:
  Our worldly lays
Of bygone days
    Are much too free and easy;
  Though suited to
A bandit crew,
    They're not at all monastic,
  And can't be sung
By sober tongue
    Of mild ecclesiastic.

ARROSTINO.
  Stout hearted be!
    So many here
We need not fear
      The ordeal before us
    No single word
Is ever heard
      When singers sing in chorus.
  So sing with me:
Frank Wyatt as Arrostino.

CHORUS.
  La, la, la, la, la, etc.

Enter ALFREDO, dressed magnificently as the Duke, supporting MINESTRA, who is apparently insensible.

ALFREDO.
  The welcome you so feelingly express
In words well chosen, touch us, I confess;
And my reply conveys, as you may guess
Inadequately my indebtedness.
    La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la!
la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la,
la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la,
la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la,
la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la,
la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la,
(As if searching for the word)
    la, la,
la, la,

1ST MONK. La.  
ALFREDO. (spoken) Thank you.
  La la la la!

The Monks are much impressed with ALFREDO's reply and express in gestures their satisfaction with the sentiments he has expressed.

CHORUS.
  La, la, la, la, la, etc.

Exeunt all the Monks except ARROSTINO, GIORGIO, and LUIGI.


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