The Grand Duke - Chorus Practice (Complete)

Click here for the "cuts" version of this page, corresponding to cuts and edits planned for the March, 2017, production by the Durham Savoyards, Ltd.

Demos on this page present complete and unabridged renderings of all the chorus numbers

The Grand Duke
(Publicity photo by Jordan Haywood)

For each choral number in the show:

In some cases, the tempo has been moderated in the part recording or excerpt, but kept full tempo in the Full Length Tutti recording.

Page and measure references correspond to the Marc Shepherd edition of the vocal score, available from Lulu.com (the PDF ebook is free for download, or you may purchase the Performer's Edition or the Full Edition as a paperback hardcopy). The Pg and Ms columns provide the page and measure number where each excerpt begins, sometimes with added pickup note(s). The Shepherd score shows the measure number on the first measure of each system.

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Act I (prior to Finale)

Pg Ms Selection Time Tutti Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
1. Won't It Be a Pretty Wedding?
14 11      • (Choral Entrance) 2:30
14 1      • (Full Length) 2:32
1a. Pretty Lisa, Fair and Tasty
25 103      • "P'raps you think me only so-so?" 0:13
27 141      • "Why, my love, you're so much older" 1:02
24 76      • (Full Length) 2:08
34 1 2. By the Mystic Regulation of Our Dark Assocation 1:31
3. Were I a King in Very Truth
46 35      • "Oh, the man who can rule a theatrical crew" 0:13
49 90      • "Oh, the man who can drive a theatrical team" 1:02
44 1      • (Full Length) 2:33
5. My Goodness Me! What Shall I Do?
62 8      • "My goodness me! what shall I do?" 0:42
65 39      • "But on the whole, uncertain yet" 0:25
67 65      • "I told him all, both bad and good" 0:25
69 91      • "Then suddenly, as still he squeal'd" 1:03
62 1      • (Full Length) 2:52
111 21 9. The Good Grand Duke of Pfennig Halbpfennig (Chamberlains' parts) 0:55

Act I Finale

Pg Ms Selection Time Tutti Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
12. Come Hither, All You People
154 16      • "With falt'ring feet" 0:34
157 45      • "No, you begin! No, you begin!" 0:09
159 61      • "You muff, sir! You lout, sir!" 0:21
162 86      • "I do, sir! We'll see sir!" 1:20
167 140      • "Behold the King!" 1:20
170 182      • "And now that you've departed" 0:27
173 216      • "Give thanks, give thanks to wayward fate" 0:27
153 1      • (Opening Section - Full Length) 5:46
12a. Oh, a Monarch Who Boasts Intellectual Graces
177 269      • "I've something to say" 0:32
181 314      • "Your Monarch am I" 0:32
184 343      • "To each and all (for that was the condition)" 0:25
176 246      • (Section 12a - Full Length) 2:01
12b. Then, Horror! / Ah, Pity Me, My Comrades True
185 349      • "Then, horror!" 0:10
185 352      • "Ah, pity me, my comrades true" 1:31
190 392      • "Our duty, if we're wise, we never shun" 0:48
176 246      • (Section 12b - Full Length) 2:28
12c. Oh, Listen To Me, Dear
185 349      • "Tho' marriage contracts, or whate'er you call 'em" 0:17
192 416      • (Section 12c - Full Length) 1:30
12d. The Die Is Cast
197 489      • "Its doom, its doom is spoken!" 0:30
196 474      • (Section 12d - Full Length) 1:13
12e. For This Will Be a Jolly Court
200 525      • "For this will be a jolly Court" 0:51
204 567      • "In clothes of common sort" 0:19
204 591      • "Henceforth our Court costume" 0:19
208 607      • "For this will be a jolly Court" 0:19
200 525      • (Section 12e - Full Length) 3:04
153 1 12. Act I Finale - Full Length 15:57

Act II

Pg Ms Selection Time Tutti Soprano Alto Tenor Bass
13. As Before You We Defile
270 24      • "As before you we defile" (Tenor-Bass entrance) 1:57
272 41      • "Opoponax! Opoponax! Opoponax! Eloia!" (Soprano-Alto entrance) 1:19
269 1      • (Full Length) 2:49
14. Your Loyalty Our Ducal Heartstrings Touches
279 40      • "Periphrastic methods spurning" 0:17
283 79      • "It displays a lot of stocking" 0:17
188 118      • "Yet my classic lore aggressive" 0:19
289 129      • "Wreaths of bay and ivy twine" 0:40
275 1      • (Full Length) 5:03
17. Your Highness, There's a Party at the Door
302 7      • "Your Highness, there's a party at the door" 0:35
305 34      • "For whatever may be due I'll pay it double" 0:23
307 53      • "Express your grief profound!" 0:30
310 83      • "For any disappointment" 0:33
302 1      • (Full Length) 2:14
312 1 17a. For Any Disappointment We Are Sorry Unaffectedly 0:22
18. Now Away to the Wedding We Go
317 16      • "To our wedding we'll eagerly go" 0:10
316 1      • (Full Length) 0:47
337 112 20. Now Bridegroom and Bride Let Us Toast 0:29
21. Come Bumpers — Aye, Ever So Many
342
345
27
69
     • "So, bumpers — aye, ever so many"
     • "So, bumpers — aye, ever so many" (different words, same music)
0:23
340 1      • (Full Length) 1:38
347 1 22. Why, Who Is This Approaching? 0:52
23. The Prince of Monte Carlo
349 7      • "That Prince of Monte Carlo and his be-eutiful daughter" 0:28
353 28      • "The Prince of Monte Carlo" 0:28
349 1      • (Full Length) 1:43
25. We're Rigged Out In Magnificent Array (Nobles' parts)
361 24      • "So we've engaged from the Theatre Monaco" 0:33
365 45      • "And they never take off their gloves" 0:12
365 54      • "They're worthy members of the brewing interest" 0:38
359 1      • (Full Length) 2:33
27. Take My Advice, When Deep in Debt
380 41      • "For ev'ry time the board you spin" 0:15
383 89      • "The moral's safe--when you being" 0:15
386 137      • "Where'er at last the ball pops in" 0:17
378 1      • (Full Length) 2:31
389 1 28. Hurrah! Now Away To the Wedding We Go 0:52
28a. Well, You're a Pretty Kind of Fellow
393 57      • "You guzzle and you gormandize" 0:19
394 73      • "But when compar'd with other crimes" 0:19
396 99      • "You fascinate her tough old heart" 0:19
398 115      • "But even this, compar'd with deeds" 0:19
399 141      • "You fancy you've reviv'd the Law" 0:19
401 157      • "For this you'll suffer agonies" 0:19
392 43      • (Full Length) 1:54
405 1 29. Happy Couples Lightly Treading 1:33


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To download all the MP3 recordings for a part, use the button corresponding to your choral part, below. You will also need the Tutti zip file. Besides the sound files, each zip file contains one or more playlists for playing relevant groups of individual recordings in sequence.

About divisi: Each zip file contains alternate files for the occasional subdivided parts where they occur, labeled at the end of the filename with S1, S2, A1, A2, T1, T2, T3T4, B1, or B2. Be sure to play the correct files for your divisi part. Playlist files (.wpl files) are given to help you isolate each divisi part's list of files. (Note that in No. 25, Tenor 3 and Tenor 4 sing a single part in unison. File names for this part contain the suffix "T3T4". Simlarly Bass 1 and Bass 2 in No. 25 share a single part, suffixed "_B".)

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