am 10.2.2003 23:17 Uhr schrieb Meyer Robert K GS-9 99 CES/CECT unter
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> Especially in the Pamina / Papageno duet (middle of act 1: "man & wife, wife
> & man" or something like that).
> Robert Meyer
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Carrol Cox [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Monday, February 10, 2003 2:15 PM
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> Subject: Re: Hofgarten and the hyacint garden
>> Sara Trevisan wrote:
>> I, too,  consider German  as unpleasant sounding.
> German sounds pretty good in The Magic Flute.
> Carrol

Rrrright, dear Robert:

"Mann und Frau - und Frau und Mann / Reichen an die Gottheit an."
(Man  and wife - and wife and man  / approaching God)

But then, when you consider the harshness of German and Dutch tongues, they
don't even get close to Sarah's smooth Italian...:

Bella figlia dell' amore
Schiavo son' dei vezzi tuoi,
Con un detto un detto sol' tu puoi
Le mie pene, le mie pene consolar.

--Bellini: Beatrice di Tenda