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Soldiers of heaven hold the sky

Opera details:

Opera title:

Nixon in China

Composer:

John Coolidge Adams

Language:

English

Synopsis:

Nixon in China Synopsis

Libretto:

Nixon in China Libretto

Translation(s):

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Choir details:

Type:

choir

Role(s):

Soldiers

Voice(s):

n/a

Act:

1.01

Next scene: Your flight was smooth

Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

ACT ONE


Scene 1: Nixon's arrival

(The airfield outside Peking. It is a very cold, clear,                      
dry morning; Monday, February 21, 1972; the air is
full of static electricity. No airplanes are arriving;
there is the odd note of birdsong. Finally, from behind
some buildings, come the sounds of troops marching.
Contingents of army, navy and air force - 120 men of
each service - circle the field and begin to sing "The
Three Main Rules of Discipline and the Eight Points
of Attention")


CHORUS
Soldiers of heaven hold the sky,
the morning breaks and shadows fly.
Follow the orders of the poor,
your master is the laborer
who rules the world with truth and grace.
Deal with him justly, face to face,
pay a fair price for all you buy,
pay to replace what you destroy.
Divide the landlord's property,
take nothing from the tenantry,
do not mistreat the captive foe.
Respect women, it is their due
replace doors when you leave a house.
Roll up straw matting after use.
The people are the heroes now.
Behemoth pulls the peasant's plow.
When we look up, the fields are white
with harvest in the morning light
and mountain ranges one by one
rise red beneath the harvest moon.

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