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Composer: Carl Maria von Weber
Premiere: London, 1826.
Scrap 1: Allegro.
This duet between the secondary characters Fatima and Sherasmin is heard in Act 3 of 3. Unfortunately, they find themselves enslaved. Fortunately, they are slaves together! "Why repine? Let's be merry while we may, love our song and joy the chorus, while hope still shines before us!"
Scrap 2 (0:51): Andante con moto.
In Act 2, Puck has just raised up a pavilion of flowers to surround and protect the sleeping Huon. Now, as night comes on, he hears the "witching strain" of the mermaids, Oh 'tis pleasant to float on the sea.
Scrap 3 (2:08): Allegretto. (This tempo indication seems incorrect.)
Huon sings a martial aria in Act 1. It glorifies the charge of the Christian cavalry. Don't be misled by the prettiness of the scrap heard here; the sentiment is, "Mourn, ye maidens of Palestine. Your lovers lie stark in the cold moonshine. Their eyes, which you kissed before they left, are food for the kits and crow."
This music also comes around twice in the Overture.
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