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The Grenadier

composer
1773; A Musical Dialogue; orchestrated by Peter Holman
author of text
possible author of libretto

 
The Brickdust Man and The Grenadier belong to a group of short 'musical dialogues' written by Dibdin in the 1770s for Sadler's Wells, then a summer resort outside London. Spoken plays were also forbidden at Sadler's Wells which specialised at the time in popular variety shows with dancing, conjuring, songs and aquatic displays designed to appeal to a middle-class audience. So they have recitative rather than dialogue, and in them the world of the commedia dell'arte is transformed into contemporary London. The Grenadier is set below stairs. Ralph suspects, with good reason, that Jenny is being unfaithful to him. She sends him on a fool's errand, and when he is out of the way his soldier-rival appears. Ralph returns and catches them together but soon relinquishes his claim to the girl when the grenadier threatens him with his sword.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1992

The Brickdust Man et The Grenadier font partie d'un groupe de brefs 'dialogues musicaux' composés par Dibdin pendant les années 1770 pour Sadler's Wells, qui était alors une station estivale en dehors de Londres. Les pièces parlées étaient également interdites à Sadler's Wells qui se spécialisait à l'époque dans des spectacles de variétés populaires avec des danses, des prestidigitateurs, des chansons et des spectacles aquatiques calculés pour plaire à un public de la classe moyenne. Le récitatif remplace donc le dialogue et le monde de la commedia dell'arte est transporté dans le Londres contemporain. The Grenadier se passe à l'office. Ralph se doute, non sans raison, que Jenny lui est infidèle. Elle invente un prétexte pour l'éloigner et dès qu'il est parti, son rival, le militaire, paraît. Ralph revient et les surprend, mais renonce bien vite à ses droits sur la jeune fille lorsque le grenadier le menace de son sabre.

extrait des notes rédigées par Peter Holman © 1992
Français: Madeleine Jay

The Brickdust Man und The Grenadier gehören einer Gruppe kurzer 'musikalischer Dialoge' an, die Dibdin in den 1770er Jahren für Sadler's Wells, in der damaligen Zeit eine Sommerfrische außerhalb Londons, schrieb. Stücke mit gesprochenen Rollen waren damals bei Saddler's Wells verpönt, das Theater war auf volkstümliche Varietés mit Tanz, Zauberkunst und Wassershows spezialisiert, die bei einem bürgerlichen Publikum viel Anklang fanden. Diese Operetten haben daher ein Rezitativ statt eines Dialogs, die Welt der commedia dell'arte ist in das damalige London verwandelt. The Grenadier spielt im Dienstbotenquartier. Ralph verdächtigt, nicht zu unrecht, daß Jenny ihm untreu ist. Sie läßt ihn einen nutzlosen Gang tun, um in der Zwischenzeit seinen Rivalen, einen Soldaten, zu empfangen. Ralph kehrt um und überrascht die beiden, gibt aber seinen Anspruch auf das Mädchen schnellstens auf, wenn der Soldat ihn mit dem Schwert bedroht.

aus dem Begleittext von Peter Holman © 1992
Deutsch: Eike Hibbett

Recordings

Dibdin: Ephesian Matron, Brickdust Man & Grenadier
CDA66608Archive Service

Details

No 1. Duet: Forever, false Jenny (Ralph/Jenny)
Track 18 on CDA66608 [2'07] Archive Service
No 2. Duet: Silly Ralph, your Jenny's true (Jenny/Ralph/Tom)
Track 19 on CDA66608 [4'27] Archive Service
No 3. Air: Oh my Jenny, I lie at thy feet (Tom/Jenny)
Track 20 on CDA66608 [3'24] Archive Service
No 4. Air: I'll handle the broom and the mop ever twirl (Jenny/Tom/Ralph)
Track 21 on CDA66608 [1'47] Archive Service
No 5. Trio: I'll cut you to pieces if ever you dare (Tom/Ralph/Jenny)
Track 22 on CDA66608 [1'47] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA66608 track 22

No 5, Trio: I'll cut you to pieces if ever you dare (Tom/Ralph/Jenny)
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-92-60822
Duration
1'47
Recording date
2 April 1992
Recording venue
St Paul's Church, New Southgate, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Dibdin: Ephesian Matron, Brickdust Man & Grenadier (CDA66608)
    Disc 1 Track 22
    Release date: November 1992
    Deletion date: November 2006
    Archive Service
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