Die Fledermaus Libretto ex Kalmus Edition with Director’s Amendments overture act I music No. 1 “Introduction”



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Interpolate new music for Falke – from Strauss’ Die Waldmeister. “The whole night long…”

EISENSTEIN: Yes those were the days. Falke was graduating as a notary, and I was not yet married.


FRANK: What? Are you married now Marquis?
ROSALINDA: Isn’t that appalling? You have a wife? Oh, my illusions! My hopes!
EISENSTEIN: Hope away, my lovely time-keeper. My wife is petrified with age and ugly as sin!
ROSALINDA: (to Falke) Always the flatterer!
EISENSTEIN: We were invited to a masked ball. I went as a butterfly, and the Doctor was a bat!
ALL: Falke as a bat? Ha Ha ha.
EISENSTEIN: We went to the ball together and had a splendid time. But I wanted a little extra amusement, so I got the good Doctor more than a little drunk, so that by dawn, he was out like a light! Then I took him off to a little public park, arranged him carefully on a bench under a tree, and took my leave. He was sleeping like a dormouse.
ALL: Ha Ha ha The poor Doctor.
EISENSTEIN: The school children finally woke him up with their laughing, and they followed him all the way home, in broad daylight, making a tremendous parade and shouting with laughter!
ALL: Ha Ha Ha.
EISENSTEIN: Ever since then everyone in the city calls him Doctor Bat!
IDA: Did he never get revenge for such a painful trick?
Eisenstein: Oh, I am always on my guard!
FALKE: Postponed does not mean cancelled! Who knows, by tomorrow another joker may wear the crown!
FRANK: Marquis, your batty idea was superb. Only a Marquis could have thought of it!
ORLOFSKY: But of course. Let us drink a toast to the Marquis, and to the Chevalier, and to all of us. Ivan! Some wine if you please!
All: Some wine, some wine!
EISENSTEIN: Won’t you take that mask off now?
ROSALINDA: Not now, but tomorrow!
ORLOFSKY: Let us drink Champagne, the King of Wines! Long live his sparkling majesty, and all his subjects.
ALL: Hail!
Music No. 11. Finale Act II (selected chorus sing minor soloist parts)

ORLOFSKY: The sparkling wine is flowing, tra la lala la la la-la.

Fiery bubbles glowing, tra la lala la la la-ha.

Though emperors take pleasure in laurel wreaths and treasure, when bored with adoration, they call for a libation. A toast to wine! Champagne shall rule the nation, the king of celebration, we toast his coronation!

ALL: Drink up, a toast, a toast!

ORLOFSKY: His majesty is well renowned; all around, let it ring; gaily we announce that champagne is crowned the king! ALL: His majesty is well renowned; all around, let it ring; gaily we announce it; champagne is the king! Long live the champagne celebration!

EISENSTEIN: Monks on silent mountains, tra la lala la la la-la.

Seek the flowing fountains, tra la lala la la la-ha.

A monk must fight temptation in thirsty meditation; so when the wine is tasted there’s not a drop is wasted. A toast to wine! Champagne shall rule the nation, the king of celebration, we toast his coronation!

ALL: Drink up, a toast, a toast!

EISENSTEIN: His majesty is well renowned; all around, let it ring; gaily we announce that champagne is crowned the king! ALL: His majesty is well renowned; all around, let it ring; gaily we announce it; champagne is the king! Long live the champagne celebration!

ADELE: All hailed by every nation, tra la lala la la la-la.

Every situation, tra la lala la la la-ha.

For when champagne is flowing all hearts are gay and glowing; It is the best solution to ward off revolution. A toast to wine! Champagne shall rule the nation, the king of celebration, we toast his coronation!

ALL: Drink up, a toast, a toast!

ADELE: His majesty is well renowned; all around, let it ring; gaily we announce that champagne is crowned the king! ALL: His majesty is well renowned; all around, let it ring; gaily we announce it; champagne is our king!

EISENSTEIN: Dear Chevalier, don’t you agree? FRANK: Merci, merci, merci! I’m at your service, dear Marquis! EIS: Merci, merci, merci! FALKE: Lots of luck, Chevalier and Marquis!

EIS+FRANK: Merci, merci, merci! LADIES: Hahaha, merci, merci, merci!

FALKE: Come gather close, I have a toast! ALL: Gather close!

FALKE: In happy couples, all are united; tonight each heart feels that love is requited; so let us all promise to love as we should, in sister and in brotherhood, let us drink to brotherhood, to us! ALL: Let us drink to brotherhood, to us! EIS: Mysterious lady, join with us!

ROS: If all our kissing, I’ll not be missing!

FALKE: Now follow me, raise your glass on high, and toast the one who’s standing nearby: Brother mine, brother mine and sister mine, to each other we sing, as lovers should, brother mine, brother mine and sister mine, with our love we conquer sorrow. For eternity, though tonight may be just a memory tomorrow! First a kiss, then it’s you, you, you, you, dreams come true! First a kiss, then it’s you, you, you, ever new, ever true, ever, ever, you!

ORLOFSKY(and others): Brother mine, brother mine and sister mine, to each other we sing, as lovers should, as all lovers should, it is love that conquers sorrow, for eternity, though tonight may be just a memory tomorrow! First a kiss, then it’s you, you, you, you, dreams come true, first a kiss, then it’s you, you, you, you, you, you, you, I do love you, lalalalalala say you love too lalalalala my love is true lalalalala……laLa!
(Ballet pages 128 to 136 is cut, unless we sing the Polka pages 131-134 with half dancing and half singing, swapping on page 133 at music gap In which case we would need a D major chord from the orchestra ? a horn solo? On pause bar before Key change from E to G)

Ballet


(refer to orchestral music)
CHORUS: Marianka, come and dance viz me, already schetzko jedno, see? Ve dance a polka, me

and you; what is a fun, bohemians do! Marianka, come and dance viz me, already schetzko jedno, see? Ve dance a polka, me and you; what is a fun, bohemians do!

Toje heski musitschku, with trumpetel, clarinetel, so the czech musicians play, no one else can play that way.

Marianka, come and dance viz me, already schetzko jedno, see? Ve dance a polka, me and you; what is a fun, bohemians do! Marianka, come and dance viz me, already schetzko jedno, see? Ve dance a polka, me and you; what is a fun, bohemians do! Hey! Hey!



(refer to orchestral music)
ORLOFSKY: Enough, of this, enough! Let these dancers have a rest! The music is playing for all

to be swaying; will you not dance at my request!

(+CHORUS): Everyone dance, let us dance, in a waltz of gay romance! (all to places for waltz)

ALL: Come, let us dance through the night divine, floating on music and love and wine, life

everlasting would be such bliss, if all our nights could be passed like this! EIS: Dear friend, I depend on you! FRANK: Trust me, I never will fail you!

ROS+ORL+FALKE: What a great surprise for you when your new-found friend must jail you!

ALL: Come, let us dance through the night divine, floating on music and love and wine, life everlasting would be such bliss, if all our nights could be passed like this!

FRANK: Brother, brother, is my watch too slow? Tell me, what does your watch say?

EISENSTEIN: Brother, mine runs too fast, you know, for tonight it ran away. (to Rosalinda) Lovely one, I ask you, will you let us now unmask you, let me see who shared m fun when my heart and watch were won.

ROS: Do no ask to see what is concealed, you tremble at the sight were it revealed!

EIS: Huhuhuhu – what do you mean? What do you mean? ALL: Indeed a comical scene!

ADELE: You are the male, make her unveil! IDA: To weaken and waver would be outrageous!

EISENSTEIN: I’m nothing if not courageous! Sweetheart, come, resist me not!

ROSALINDA: I’ve a blemish so vexatious and I have to hide the spot!

EISENSTEIN: Beauty spots are soon forgot! (THE OTHERS): Such a blemish stops him not!

EISENSTEIN: I must see this face tonight! (THE OTHERS): He will see her face tonight!



(Eisenstein pursues Rosalinda – watch chimes)

EIS+FRANK: One! Two! Three! Four! Five! Six! EIS: Get my hat, get my hat, I am on my way!

FRANK: Get my hat, get my hat, I musty break away! ALL: Get his hat, get his hat, too bad he won’t stay! FRANK: My commitment can’t wait! I’m afraid I will be late! EIS+FRANK: Get my hat, get my cape, I must have my cape! ALL: Get his cape, get his hat, get his cape! Hahaha! Get his hat, he must have his cape! Hahaha! FRANKE: If you go my way, walk along with me. EIS: For a while, I may keep you company! EIS+FRANKE: We can’t remain! ALL: Auf Wiedersehen, haha, come, let us dance through the night divine, floating on music and love and wine. Would all our nights could be passed like this! Then life would be such everlasting bliss, if only our nights were passed like this!
(Eisenstein and Frank, during the last tempo, have staggered to the background where they are surrounded by dancers as the curtain falls….)

ACT III
Music No. 12 Entr’acte
Script page 151

FROSCH: (Opens door with an enormous key ring and key, and appears with a lit lantern in his hand; he is quite intoxicated)


ALFRED: (Sings backstage) Darling dove that flew away, etc)( Mein liebe schwann…)
FROSCH: Ho Ho, this is a jolly jail. The prisoner in number 12 is singing of birds again. (laugh, hick) Perhaps they’re ‘jail’ birds! I’ve only been here a few days, since I was transferred with the Director, but it certainly seems to agree with me. I never saw such a jolly jail. And the slivovitz here agrees with me too!
ALFRED: (Sings again “Drink my darling, drink this wine, Drinking makes your eyes to shine”)
FROSCH: Now you’re talking! That calls for a re-cip-ro-cal-ation! Now where did I put that slivovitz? (He goes to cupboard/filing cabinet and peers in. Takes out empty bottle). Blast! Evaporated! (He looks through filing cabinet/cupboard) Under ‘S’ for slivovitz? No! ‘B’ for booze? No! (Finds bottle) Ah-ha! ‘M’ for medicine! (Drinks briefly from bottle). No! I must mind my manners!! (Sees flower vase. Takes out flowers. Pours in the slivovitz, and drinks, leaving vase half full) I think I’ll leave some for later! (Replaces flowers). What a cheerful little jail! Yes, I like it better and better! My head’s as clear as can be…my brain has relaxed itself right down to my boots. That must be why they are so heavy! And then I keep hearing strange music!
ALFRED: (Backstage singing some high Opera aria lines) (Bella figlia…, , Im bildness…etc)
FROSCH: How pleasant and jolly everything seems to be! Could it be the slivovitz? (listening) No, it’s the prisoner in Number 12 singing again! Quiet Sir! Quiet! Oooh my head! Singing is against the rules! When a sober, peace-loving, law-abiding official has to be in his office at this hour of the morning he needs his peace and quiet! Wait right there you damned bottle! (Staggers off speaking) It certainly is jolly, here in this jail!
Music Number 13 Melodrama
(Frank appears while music plays throws his hat in a corner and whistles to himself in time to music

and finally succeeds in removing his overcoat. He mumbles to himself…)

FRANK: Marquis give me your hand, be my friend! (he sings) : His Majesty is well renowned all around let it ring gaily we announce it champagne is crowned the King. Long live the champagne celebra--- Psst!



(Carries tea things upstage fans himself and drinks, sinks exhausted into chair with newspaper, falls

asleep)

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