Thursday, April 16, 2009 Y 3:12 PM
please remember to go to gmail and vote for the poster for the concert okie.. the deadline is by tmr night! thanks.
Friday, April 10, 2009 Y 10:51 PM
please note that tmr's choir prac starts at 9am at aj choir room.. please dont be late.. and please bring all the scores required.. thanks.. see you all tmr!
Friday, April 03, 2009 Y 9:37 AM
Double, Double Toil and Trouble - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi
Hi all, I hope these notes will help in your personal interpretation of the song during concert preparation. Please give your all to whoever is leading, like you did for AJ's concert last year. No more asking of what the words mean during practices! I have laid them clearly here for you. Best of luck for the remaining practices!! In the meantime, mug hard, work hard and play hard. (: -Cheers, Nadiah.
"The ominous words of Act IV Scene 1 of Shakespeare’s infamous Scottish play, Macbeth, is set to music by this Finnish composer. The Three Witches chant the ingredients of potion that they brew to wreak more doom on Macbeth. The unreasoning, instinctive evil is reflected in the senseless rhyme of things grotesque."
Below is the literal translation in Italics, from pages 130-132 of"No Fear Shakespeare" Sparknotes.
Act IV.iA cavern. In the middle, a boiling cauldron. Thunder. Enter the three WITCHES.
Thrice the brinded cat hath mewed.
The tawny cat has meowed three times.
Thrice, and once the hedge-pig whined.
Three times. And the hedgehog has whined once.
Harpier cries, “'Tis time, 'tis time.”
My spirit friend, Harpier, is yelling, “It's time, it's time!”
Round about the cauldron go,
Dance around the cauldron and
5 In the poisoned entrails throw.
throw in the poisoned entrails.
Toad, that under cold stone
a toad that sat under a cold rock
Days and nights has thirty-one
for a month
Sweltered venom sleeping got,
oozing poison from its pores.
Boil thou first i' th' charmèd pot.
(holding up a toad) You'll go in first.
10 Double, double toil and trouble,
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
(holding something up) a slice of swamp snakeIn the cauldron boil and bake.
We'll boil you in the cauldron nextEye of newt and toe of frog,
All the rest of you in too: a newt's eye, a frog's tongue
15 Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
fur from a bat, a dog's tongue,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
the forked tongue of an adder, the stinger of a burrowing worm,
Lizard's leg and owlet's wing,
a lizard's leg, an owl's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
(speaking to the ingredients) Make a charm to cause powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
and boil and bubble like a broth of hell.
20 Double, double toil and trouble,
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Here come some more ingredients: the scale of a dragon, a wolf's tooth,
Witches' mummy, maw and gulf
a witch's mummified flesh, the gullet and stomach
Of the ravined salt-sea shark,
of a ravenous shark,
25 Root of hemlock digged i' th' dark,
a root of hemlock that was dug up in the dark,
Liver of blaspheming Jew,
a Jew's liver,
Gall of goat and slips of yew
a goat's bile, some twigs of yew
Slivered in the moon's eclipse,
that were broken off during a lunar eclipse,
Nose of Turk and Tartar's lips,
a Turk's nose, a Tartar's lips,
30 Finger of birth-strangled babe
the finger of a baby that was strangled
Ditch-delivered by a drab,
as a prostitute gave birth to it in a ditch.
Make the gruel thick and slab.
(to the ingredients) Make this potion thick and gluey.
Add thereto a tiger's chaudron,
(to the other WITCHES) Now let's add a tiger's entrails to the mix.
For the ingredients of our cauldron.
35 Double, double toil and trouble,
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon's blood,
We'll cool the mixture with baboon blood.
Then the charm is firm and good.
After that the charm is finished.
By the pricking of my thumbs,
by the tingling in my thumbs
45 Something wicked this way comes.
I can tell that something wicked is coming
Doors, open up for
whoever is knocking!
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