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Vin ou bière

Opera details:

Opera title:

Faust

Composer:

Charles Gounod

Language:

French

Synopsis:

Faust Synopsis

Libretto:

Faust Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

Recitative details:

Type:

recitative,choir

Role(s):

Wagner / Students / Soldiers / Villagers

Voice(s):

Baritone

Act:

2.01

Previous scene: Demoiselle ni belle
Next scene: O toi sainte médaille

Gounod: Faust - Choir; "Vin ou biére,..."

Singer: Ruggero Raimondi

Introduction choir from II.Act
Wiener Staatsoper,
conductor: Erich Binder, 1985
Faust: Francizco Araiza,
Mefisto: Ruggero Raimondi,
Margurite: Gabriela Benackova,
Valetin: Walton Grönrgoos,
Siebel: Gabriele Sima,
Chorus and Orchestra of Wiener Staatsoper,
dir. Erich Binder, 1985

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

ETUDIANTS
dans la taverne
Vin ou bière,
Bière ou vin,
Que mon verre
Soit plein!
Sans vergogne,
Coup sur coup,
Un ivrogne
Boit tout!

WAGNER
Jeune adepte
Du tonneau,
N'en excepte
Que l'eau!
Que ta gloire,
Tes amours,
Soient de boire
Toujours!

ÉTUDIANTS.
Jeune adepte
Du tonneau etc.

Ils trinquent et boivent

SOLDATS
Filles ou forteresses,
C'est tout un, morbleu!
Vieux burgs, jeunes maîtresses
Sont pour nous un jeu!
Celui qui sait s'y prendre
Sans trop de façon,
Les oblige à se rendre
En payant rançon!

BOURGEOIS
Aux jours de dimanche et de fête,
J'aime à parler guerre et combats:
Tandis que les peuples là-bas
Se cassent la tête.
Je vais m'asseoir sur les coteaux
Qui sont voisins de la rivière,
Et je vois passer les bateaux
En vidant mon verre !

Bourgeois et soldats remontent vers le fond du théâtre

JEUNES FILLES
Voyez ces hardis compères
Qui viennent là-bas;
Ne soyons pas trop sévères,
Retardons le pas.

Elles gagnent la droite du théâtre

JEUNES ÉTUDIANTS
Voyez ces mines gaillardes
Et ces airs vainqueurs!
Amis, soyons sur nos gardes,
Tenons bien nos cœurs!

MATRONES
observant les étudiants et les jeunes filles
Voyez après ces donzelles
Courir ces messieurs!
Nous sommes aussi bien qu'elles,
Sinon beaucoup mieux!

English Libretto or Translation:

FIRST STUDENTS
Wine or beer,
Beer or wine,
May my glass
Ever be full!
Unashamedly,
Glass after glass,
A drunkard
Drinks everything!

WAGNER
Youthful addict
Of the barrel
Nought but water
Must be barred from it!
May your glory,
Your heart's desire
Be to drink
Now and forever!

FIRST STUDENTS
Youthful addict, etc.
They toast and drink

SOLDIERS
Girls or fortresses,
It's all one, by God!
Old citadels and young mistresses
Are fair game for us!
Whoever is clever
And unscrupulous enough,
Forces them to surrender
And pay a ransom!

BURGHERS
On Sundays and holidays
I like to talk of war and battles,
While distant peoples
Are cracking each other's pates.
I go and sit on the banks
Which overlook the stream
And watch the boats float past
As I empty my glass!

YOUNG GIRLS
Look at these bold fellows
Coming over there;
We must not be too cruel,
Let's walk slower.

SECOND STUDENTS
Look at their impudent miens
And victorious looks!
Friends, we must he on our guard
And hold fast to our hearts!

MATRONS
Look at those gentlemen
Rushing after these hussies!
Aren't we just as fine as they,
Not to say much handsomer?

YOUNG GIRLS
They would like to bewitch,
But they try in vain.
We have nothing to fear
From your wrath.
A lowering brow
Merely grows redder!
Should a lad want me,
I take him at his word.
One must surely trust
All your fine speeches!
Should a lad, etc.

MATRONS
You want to bewitch,
It's plain to see.
What a fine notion!
Be as shameless
As they are tasteless.
One must be a fool,
I do declare,
To pride oneself
On such suitors.
One must be a fool, etc.

BURGHERS
Come, neighbour, let us empty
A glass of wine.
My wife scolds
About everything.
She must always be right.
My wife scolds, etc.

SECOND STUDENTS
Let us see this thing
Through to the end.
See how cross they are,
See how they behave
Their brows are lowering,
They have good taste!
Let us wager I am accepted
At the very first word.
Let us wager, etc.

FIRST STUDENTS
Hooray for wine!
Wine or beer,
Beer or wine,
May my glass
Ever be full!
Unashamedly,
Glass after glass,
A drunkard,
Drinks everything!
Youthful addict
Of the barrel,
Nought but water
Must be barred from it!
May your glory,
Your heart's desire,
Be to drink
Now and forever!

SOLDIERS
Hurray for war,
This godly calling!
No proud beauties for us!
We know how to please them
In the twinkling of an eye!
Let's go about our task,
With neither fear nor shame,
Let's attack on all sides!
From that firm precept
A soldier excludes
No woman nor castle,
And basking in glory
He celebrates victory
To the sound of the drums.
From that firm precept, etc.