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flower duet

jasmine

I’m tired of writing about pychopaths. I’m tired of writing about problems in the outer world—and believe me, there are plenty of them. But mostly, I’m just plain tired.

What I need today is a little relief, and maybe you do, too. So a beautiful piece of music will have to do.

The “Flower Duet” is a famous duet for sopranos from Léo Delibes’ opera Lakmé, first performed in Paris in 1883. The duet takes place in act one of the three-act opera, between characters Lakmé, the daughter of a Brahmin priest, and her servant Mallika, as they go to gather flowers by a river.

The duet is frequently used in advertisements and films—sometimes ironically in slo-mo murder scenes—and is popular as a concert piece. So forgive me if you’ve heard the piece dozens of times before, but maybe hearing it performed in context will be a plus.

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Groove of the Day

Listen to Alain Lombard conducting the “Flower Duet” from the opera Lakmé by Delibes

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3 Responses to “flower duet”


  1. February 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Not related to Dan’s post.

    A special thought for Paul Henry, who celebrates his 17th birthday today. Hope that things will continue to go in the right direction for him in the coming months and that his next birthday will see him prepare his return to freedom.

    • 2 Bryce Cordry
      February 17, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      My thoughts exactly! I became extremely interested after learning that Paul Henry is only six months older than me. Same kind of kid, too, never intentionally naughty, good in school. As I figure, it could have been me.

  2. 3 matt
    February 17, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    I’m generally not a fan of the operatic soprano voice, but today’s groove has always been a favorite.

    We are at 27F and sunny today, having been blessed with a beautiful 5 inches of Boston’s wayward snow overnight; beautiful until I had to shovel it, but at least it was still fluffy and light in the early morning hours. Looking for an over night low of -2F later in the week.


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