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EP7589

Delibes: Dôme épais (Flower Duet) from Lakmé

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    1. Composer: Léo Delibes
    2. Editor: Roger Nichols
    3. Instrumentation (this edition): Piano Reduction, Soprano, Mezzo Soprano
    4. Originally for: Orchestra, Voice
    5. Work Language: French
    6. ISMN: 979-057708338-4
    7. Size: 9.1 x 11.9 inches

    Lakmé is set in a province of nineteenth-century India under British rule, and the opening scene during which this duet is heard takes place in the beautiful garden of the temple built by the Brahmin priest, Nilakantha. He hates the British invaders (for one thing, they have forbidden him to practise his religion) and the plot hinges around the clash between this hatred and the love between his daughter Lakmé and the British officer Gérald. Before Gérald appears, Lakmé and her slave Mallika sing this duet as they prepare to bathe in the river." (Roger Nichols)