Mazeppa by Balfe

The Page: A cantata from Mazeppa by Michael Balfe
Text by Jessica Rankin

Composed in 1862, this work has been rediscovered by the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies at the University of Manitoba and performed by the University of Manitoba Women's Choir as part of the Centre's 25th anniversary celebrations. It is believed that this performance is the premiere of this particular Balfe work in North America. The entire performance is recorded here, complete with libretto.

Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies 25th Anniversary Concert
St. John's College Chapel, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, March 26, 2006.



Dr. Hlynka's concert introduction MP3
Poster
Introduction to Mazeppa (Andrea Ratuski)
MP3
OVERTURE

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1. CHORUS. MP3
See! where the Count comes brooding
His brow oppressed with care.
Mazeppa! proud disdainful Page
His vengeance will not spare.
See where the Count comes brooding,
His brow oppressed with care.

2. SOLO. Nita. "His daughter is fair." MP3
His daughter is fair as summer skies,
The idol of his trusting heart
Yet must he teach his heart to doubt,
And learn to play the tyrant's part.
His brow to others stern and cold,
For her has never worn a frown.
But like some fair and fragile flower
Her image round his heart has grown.

3. CHORUS. "If you'll follow." MP3
If you'll follow here my Lord! we can prove him;
Proud Mazeppa's boastful trust
Soon we'll level with the dust.
Will you follow? Will you follow?
For you must with scorn reprove him,
Will you follow? Will you follow?
For this dread suspense is death and torture,
He calls them tempters vile!.
And yet the truth he dare not prove.
You'll follow here my Lord!
We can prove him,
Proud Mazeppa's boastful trust
Soon we'll level with the dust.
Then follow, Then follow,
Follow, good my Lord,
Come follow, come!

4. SOLO. Teresa. "I dreamed I had a bower." MP3
I dreamed I had a bower so fair
The bees made summer music there.
And in the fragrant honey flowers,
On beds of sweets beguiled the hours;
I dreamed I had a gentle bird
With song the sweetest ever heard;
It loved me well
And at my voice,
In notes of gladness would rejoice;
One morn I came to view my bower,
Some ruthless hand had crushed each flower,
My bird again on high did soar,
Alas it sang to me no more.
How bitter were the tears I shed
To think that all I loved had fled,
And lone and sad my life would seem,
My life would seem,
I dreamed! I dreamed!
Ah! joy!.
Oh joy! Oh joy 'twas but a dream.

5. DUET. Teresa & Nita. "My faithful Nita." MP3
Teresa: My faithful Nita,
Oh do not leave me!
And yet to bid thee stay is weak.
Nita: I will not leave thee Lady dear!
I will not leave thee Lady.
Teresa: And yet to bid thee stay is weak,
For should my Father suspect thy presence,
On thee his vengeance he would wreak,
Nita: I will not leave thee
Oh bid me, bid me not depart, no!
Teresa: I would not doom to endless woe
Thy faithful loving heart
Nita: Ah! No. I will not leave thee Lady.
Teresa: Ah! Nita 'tis in vain you pray,
Nita: Ah! it is all in vain I pray,
Teresa: I know 'tis madness here to stay. etc.

6. CHORUS. "Revenge." MP3
Revenge fires his turbulent soul,
No power his boundless rage can control;
Yet none dare with him to condole
Whose hope sorely blighted.
Revenge fires his turbulent soul,
No power his boundless rage can control;
Yet none dare with him to condole
Whose hope sorely blighted.
Oh! swiftly and surely His vengeance will follow
That darling heart to guile united,
That life's dearest gem from him stole
And basely him requited.
Count!. thy heart is filled with gloom,
And death will be that stripling's doom.

7. SOLO. Mazeppa. "Farewell for ever." MP3
Farewell for we no more shall meet,
From thee I'm doomed to sever.
Those happy hours were all too sweet
Can we forget them? Never!
Wherever my future lot is cast,
My heart will turn to that brief past,
Those transient days too bright to last
Farewell! Farewell! Forever!
That cruel word alone could make
This faltering spirit waver;
But ah! I feel my heart will break
If forced from thee to sever.
Fond memory round my life will twine
And link thy spirit still with mine,
Farewell 'till death I'm only thine,
Farewell! Farewell! Forever!
Farewell for we no more shall meet,
From thee I'm doomed to sever.
Those happy hours were all too sweet,

8. SOLO & CHORUS. "Famished, jaded." MP3
Famished, jaded, worn and weary,
On, on, still on, with maddening pace,
Through the desert lone and dreary,
Cease, oh cease this frantic race.
His crushed limbs are numbed and cold,
Naught but boundless plains behold,
Through the freezing air he flies,
Ah! He faints, he faints, he dies!.
He dies! He dies.

9. CHORUS. "Long live Mazeppa." MP3
Mazeppa: Once again to life awaking,
Shuddering, shuddering and chill;
Golden sunlight o'er me breaking
Brings no welcome thrill.
Chorus: Long live Mazeppa!
Mazeppa Hush!
Chorus: Long live Mazeppa!
Mazeppa: What sounds!
Chorus: Long live Mazeppa!
Mazeppa: Hush! what sounds are in mine ear?
Chorus: Long live Mazeppa!
Mazeppa: Sure some Spirit whispered near
Pitying eyes . once more I see!
Ah! I'm saved! I'm saved! I'm saved!

Long live Mazeppa!
The ruler of our choice!
We bid you join with heart and hand,
In one glad shout rejoice!
Friend or foe has never known
Heart so bold and free!
We choose thee, brave Mazeppa!
Our Lord and King to be!
We choose thee, brave Mazeppa!
Our Lord and King to be.

Ravening wolves could harm him not
Vultures missed their prey.
Eagles swooping from on high.
Shrunk, shrunk, shrunk in fear away.
Foaming torrents o'er him rolled,
Powerless, powerless in their might;
His charmed life was spared to be
Our nation's guiding light;
Long live Mazeppa!
The ruler of our choice!
We bid you join with heart and hand,
In one glad shout rejoice!
Friend of foe has never known
Heart so bold and free;
We choose thee, brave Mazeppa!
Our Lord and King to be.
Long live Mazeppa! Long live Mazeppa! Long live Mazeppa!