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Lady Sangazures's Song
It was originally intended that Lady Sangazure's recitative in Act I (No. 7) should be followed by a ballad. The words were included in the first published edition of the libretto and it may have been sung in early performances since at least one of the first night reviews mentions it (The Daily News). The music was not included in the first edition of the vocal score and its pages have been removed from the autograph. Curiously, in advance of the publication of the first edition of the vocal score in December 1877, Metzler put out a newspaper advertisment for the sheet music of ten solo numbers from The Sorcerer. Among them is listed the song 'In days gone by'. for contralto. No copy is known to exist.
Dr. David Russell Hulme is working on a reconstruction of the song. He writes:
The reconstructed vocal part can be downloaded as a PDF file.
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