MK

Tuesday, 13 March, 2007

背譜

Filed under: Sregnis Singers — MK @ 23:58

DSC_0501今天晚上,合唱俠被邀請在一個音樂中擔任表演嘉賓。這次只唱三首歌,不是很大的演出,但今次我們有個「新嘗試」──背譜,使我們有點緊張。

本來,背譜並不是什麼了不起的事,現在很多合唱小組(不論是否 a cappella)在演出時都會背譜,這樣的演出會更揮灑自如;不過,一直以來我們都說「年紀大喇」、「很忙啊」,所以我們連自己的音樂會都是每人一個譜架豎在自己跟前,唱歌時眼睛都盯着譜,較少和觀眾有眼神接觸。

今次的嘗試,效果不錯,可是我們背得真的有點辛苦,是不是我們「年紀大」呢? ~.~”

對我來說,《樂壇死對頭》和《The Barber of Seville Overture》都不算難背(背音、背拍子都難不到我),最難背的就是《Grandfather’s Clock》的歌詞,尤其是第三段︰

My grandfather’s clock was too large for the shelf
So it stood ninety years on the floor
It was larger by half than the old man himself
Though it weighed not a pennyweight more.
It was bought on the morn of the day that he was born
And was always his treasure and pride
But it stopped, short, never to go again
When the old man died.

Chorus
Ninety years without slumbering, tick, tock, tick, tock,
His life seconds numbering, tick, tock, tick, tock,
But it stopped, short, never to go again, when the old man died.

In watching its pendulum swing to and fro
Many hours he had spent when a boy
And in childhood and manhood the clock seemed to know
And to share both his sorrows and joys.
For it struck twenty-four when he entered at the door
With his blooming and beautiful bride.
But it stopped, short, never to go again
When the old man died.

My grandfather said of all those he could hire
Not a servant so faithful he found
For it wasted no time, and had but one desire
At the close of each week to be wound.
It was kept in its place, not a frown upon its face
And its hands never hung by its side
But it stopped, short, never to go again
When the old man died.

It rang an alarm in the dead of the night,
An alarm that for years had been dumb.
And we know that his spirit was pluming for flight,
That his hour of departure had come.
Still the clock kept the time, with a soft and muffled chime,
As we silently stood by his side.
But it stopped, short, never to go again,
When the old man died.

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