Friday 5 August 2011
Tune of the Day: Cinque, dieci
from Mozart's “The Marriage of Figaro”, arranged for two flutes
Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro has one of the most remarkable starts in opera history. At the very beginning of Act I, Figaro is happily measuring the space where his wedding bed will fit, counting out loud: “Five, ten, twenty, thirty, thirty-six... forty-three!”, Susanna, the bride-to-be, enters the room asking him to look at a hat which she has made for herself, and they engage in this wonderful duettino (‛small duet’).