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Which piece from Madame Butterfly is this?

Asked by 28lorelei (2486 points ) July 22nd, 2012

Suzuki is singing, and Butterfly is walking around the stage with flowers in her hands. I can’t remember the words, but she sings
D E Bb, D E Bb, D E F E D E D Bb, A Bb A F A A F E, and the rhythm is 4 4 2, 4 4 2, 4 4 4 4 4 8 8 2, 4 4 4 4 4 8 8 2 (4 is a quarter note, 2 is a half note, 8 is an eighth note). I’m just trying to figure out which of the pieces this is…

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gailcalled's avatar

Can you at least ID the act and scene? And the key signature? 4/4 or ¾. Your odd notation takes too much work to translate into a score.

For example. Are the D and E just above middle C; is the Bflat above them or just below middle C?

How about “The Flower Duet”: Here

(Suzuki does not have a solo aria.)

Sunny2's avatar

It is the Flower duet, one of my favorites. The two are decorating the house in expectation of Pinkerton arriving. His ship is in the harbor They are both singing and hanging up flowers. It’s the second to last Act, I think.

28lorelei's avatar

I think I was mixing up different scenes and acts, haha. What I was thinking of was the Japanese folk song Sakura, (which actually goes D5 D5 E5, D5 D5 E5, instead of D5 E5 Bb4) which is sung in the beginning. As for the other things I was thinking of, one was indeed the flower duet.

gailcalled's avatar

Skip that vague and confusing notation and hum a few bars.

gailcalled's avatar

Thank you. That is lovely. Minor, broody and melodic.

28lorelei's avatar

Thank you. I love that piece too…

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