candide

I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but somehow I am still in love with life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our more stupid melancholy propensities, for is there anything more stupid than to be eager to go on carrying a burden which one would gladly throw away, to loathe one’s very being and yet to hold it fast, to fondle the snake that devours us until it has eaten our hearts away?
—  Voltaire, Candide.
I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but somehow I am still in love with life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our more stupid melancholy propensities, for is there anything more stupid than to be eager to go on carrying a burden which one would gladly throw away, to loathe one’s very being and yet to hold it fast, to fondle the snake that devours us until it has eaten our hearts away?
—  Candide by Voltaire
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Musical theatre Operetta songs appreciation:
Glitter And Be Gay (Candide) performed by Kristin Chenoweth (video)

(Wiki: This aria poses some difficulties. Technically, it is among the most fiendishly challenging coloratura soprano arias. If sung as written throughout, there are three high E-flats, two staccato and one sustained; there are also numerous uses of high C and D-flat. Some of the florid passages are very intricate, calling for marksmanship of the highest order. Theatrically, it demands an elaborate comic staging, in which Cunegonde adorns herself with jewellery while singing and dancing around the stage (much as does Marguerite in the “Jewel Song” of Gounod’s Faust), and has a satirical quality that is a challenge to perform.)

Observe how bravely I conceal
The dreadful, dreadful shame I feel
Ha ha ha ha!

SADISTIC 4 - OH YM GOD I can’t believe I accumulated enough songs for another one of thes/e so watevs here you go. My god. Anyway, songs for sadistic stuff you know blahblahblah - you can find the other sadist installments 1, 2, and 3 on my 8tracks channel

01. Twisted Nerve (The Whistling Psychopath) - Bernard Herrmann //
02. 10 Simple Murders - The Future Kings of Nowhere //
03. When You’re Evil - Voltaire //
04. The Horror Of Our Love - Ludo //
05. Meant To Be Yours - Heathers the Musical //
06. Love Me Dead - Ludo //
07. Arsonist’s Lullabye - Hozier //
08. Death Is Just Around The Corner - The Addams Family Musical //
09. Tear Your Apart - She Wants Revenge //
10. The Killing Type - Amanda Palmer //
11. Auto-da-fé - Candide //

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Barbara Cook plays the Overture to Candide on kazoo at her legendary 1975 Carnegie Hall concert.

The test for any Cunegonde is inevitably the big coloratura number, Glitter and Be Gay, and it is one that Scarlett Strallen passes with banners flying: she wittily turns the high notes into a mark of Cunegonde’s rapacity as she avidly seizes on jewels, tiaras and even shards of an overhanging chandelier. Fra Fee, of Northern Irish origin, also brings to Candide a fresh face, a strong voice and the right reckless faith in the world’s goodness.

Michael BillingtonThe Guardian [x]

Glitter And Be Gay
Barbara Cook
Glitter And Be Gay

On opening night of Candide, Leonard Bernstein visited Barbara Cook’s dressing room to offer her his best wishes. Just before departing he said “Oh, by the way, Callas is out front.”

“Thank you very much. I really needed to know that.”

“Forget it. She’d kill for your high E flats.”

“Glitter and Be Gay” so stopped the show, company member Tom Pyle used to time the ovation every night.

Anecdotes courtesy of the 2003 reissue liner notes. Also, fun singing fact: at Bernstein’s insistence, Cook sang the “H” before every “Ha” in the coloratura section.

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