Napoleon – opera part A – with music

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Publikované 11. júla 2020 od

 

Abbreviated,untreated  libretto.
translated – incorrect – from Slovak language to English

Napolen.
(Looking at him from the 21st century.)
– Opera in four acts on your own libretto.
(Libretto – 2013-14, and music – 2014 I.7.- VI.21. Aoutor = Peter Ličko)
(Attention! – It’s a very abbreviated content of the opera!)

Act I – Part 1:
Intermezzo A .:
Someone (perhaps the author of the libretto and music himself – a octovie?) Meditates on the 21st century: “How great a time Napoleon was, what magnificent deeds – and how miserable the time is today, without possibilities.”

1.Obraz. 1997 – Military Academy in France.
10-year-old Napoleon is chased by envious classmates, ridiculed and bullied.
Napoleon hides in the back hall of the school.
In it, he encounters a gentleman in a long, brown coat (Doctor Who).
He will foretell a bright future for him – he is to create a united Europe, as a union of democratic republics and thus push humanity forward.

Image 2 – Versaille.
Napoleon – as an adult – is visiting and at Louis XVI.-ho.
They talk about creating a better and fairer world.
They both recall that the mysterious lord in a long, brown coat visited them both, urging them to follow the path of progress, at the end of which humanity would reach the stars.

3.-Picture. Napoleon meditates himself.
“That Robespier has become a bloodthirsty monster. Will it affect anyone who gains power and government? – Will it affect me too?”

4. Image – Corsica – Battlefield.
Napoleon meditates. : “Oh God! What nonsensical murder, which party is right or not acting?
If there is a struggle, then only for the higher principles of Humanity. ”

5. Picture. Naopoleon meditates himself .:
God! The terrible massacre in Tullier. Somehow he could only allow it, and why didn’t the king intervene? ”

6.Obraz. Above Toulon, year 1793. Battlefield.
The Republican Democrats want to occupy Toulon, controlled by the English.
Their situation is increasingly hopeless.
In this, however, the young officer, Napoleon himself, pushes the cannon to the edge of the ridge, starts firing, and encourages other ordinary soldiers to fight for the republic and for democracy.
The superior generals are in silent astonishment, shouting enthusiastically to take the example of the young officer.
And so, under Napoleon’s influence, the Repiblings conquered the city that evening.

Part 2.
Intermezzo – B:
Again from today: the subject meditates on what a magnificent time it was and how miserable the present is.

7. Picture. Venice. Napoleon forbids the Venetian Carnival because he considers it a distillery of vice, prostitution, and decay. which hampers the progress of mankind.

8. Picture. Italy.
Napoleon is alone and meditating angrily:
“It is unfair to say of me that I am an Italian dictator and that I am – as the Pope said – an antichrist.
However, I want to reach a democratic agreement with everyone, but especially with the Pope.

9. Image. Italy. Napoleon writes a love letter to Josephine, and confesses her immense love.

10. Picture. Egypt. Napoleon discusses with scientists from Egypt and also from France.
He would prefer to focus only on scientific research, as this will drive human progress forward.

Intermezzo C: “Napoleon is like a light of progress, as opposed to today’s spiritlessness and gray formlessness.”

44. Picture. In front of the city of Jaffa. Napoleon is furious because his parliamentarians, with whom he wanted to negotiate a bilateral eastern peace with the Arabs, brutally murdered Arabs. He wants revenge.
“I fight for progress, and democracy, and they fight for the obscurity of Islamic despotism.”

12. Picture. The troops are about to withdraw from the Arab territories. Crying, Napoleon states that he is forced by circumstances to leave the terminally ill French soldiers to their fate.
He does not understand the contradiction between Muslims and Christians, because everyone believes in one God.
All the nations of the world should unite in faith in the one true God who will lead mankind to a state of finite light.
(End of Act I.)

Part 3.
Intermezzo 4. “These facts mean dark flakes to evaluate Napoleon.
But how would I behave today, in similar situations? ”

13. Picture. Year 1799. Chateau de Saint-Cloud.
Napoleon discusses with a wide range of experts.
The ideals of the republic and democracy are at stake, so action must be taken.
14. Picture. Napoleon, with his army, occupies the palace directorate.
They will elect Napoleon as the first consul who is able to realize a true republic and establish democracy.

15. Picture. Napoleon’s study. Napoleon, Tallieyrand and Fouché.
Tallieyrand and Fouché want to convince Napoleon to execute the assassins who plotted to assassinate him.
Napoleon wants to be merciful to them.
Tall. and Fouché behave very darkly, humiliatedly, falsely.

16. Picture. Hohenlindene. 1800th
Napoleon is upset that the Austrians do not want to accept the eastern conditions of peace.

Intermezzo 5. The subject meditates on the possibilities for Napoleon, the alae as well as for Goethe and Beethoven, who admired Napoleon.
What would they do today, in a time without options?

17. Image. Napoleon’s work. Tall. and Fouché – darkly and flatteringly – persuade Napoleon to restore his slave

on occupied islands.
Napoleon is fundamentally against slavery, so he must inadvertently agree.
18. Picture. Tall. and Fouché persuade Napoleon to illegally evict Louis Condé, who plotted to assassinate Napoleon, out of a foreign country and have him executed in an exemplary manner.
Napoleon opposes, but in the end he is forced to agree.

19. Picture. Bedroom. Josephine tries to convince Napoleon not to have Condé executed.
Napoleon also agrees and refuses, after which he is torn between love and anger.
In the end, he is left alone and is desperate for the act he is about to do.
He is disgusted with himself.

Intermezzo 6. “No, it wasn’t nice of you Napoleon. It was the act of a dictator and not a Democrat.!
However, the question is, how would I behave in a similar situation? ”

20. Obraz.Napoleon, Tall. Fouché and Jozefín.
Napoleon explains why he wants to be crowned emperor.
The country is in danger, scattered, the situation requires a firm hand to defend the ideals of the republic and democracy throughout Europe.
In the evening, Jozefín admires her husband, and vice versa.
Napoleon professes an “imperial” love for Josephine.

Part 4.

21. The painting Napoleon criticizes Josephine for only because she supported him in her ambitions so that, like the Empress, she could shine in the court.
He accuses her of having lovers, handsome, unlike him, who is low, crooked, unwanted in the eyes of women.

22.Obraz. Napoleon in the studios of the painter David, who is going to paint a picture about Napoleon’s coronation.
David assures him that this will be his masterpiece.
He leaves and Napoleon is left alone.
Behind the curtain comes a strange gentleman in a long, black coat.
Napoleon is surprised that he has not aged at all over the years.
The gentleman warns him that if he can be crowned emperor, fame can rise to his head, and he can deviate from the original intention of unifying Europe as a union of democracies.
He leaves suddenly, almost without a trace.
Napoleon doesn’t understand anything and remembers the memories of Madame Pompadour, who was visited by scary puppets as a girl, but then a strange gentleman in a long, brown coat climbed out of the fireplace, he said. that he is a nightmare of scary puppets.

23.Obraz. Milan House. Coronation of Napoleon. Napoleon himself puts a crown on his head. On the way out, he whispers to his brothers that they have achieved this extraordinarily great.
24. Picture. Evening in the bedroom. Napoleon again professes – this time already imperial – the love of Josephine.

25. The image of Napoleon’s office. Tall is also there. a Fouché.
Napoleon is furious that he cannot agree on measures with the Austrians and Prussians.
“I just want a united Europe of peaceful democratic republics
But if they want a war, they will have it, but they will pity him, so believe me!

26. Austerlitz. Huge fight. Napoleon wins in great glory.

Part 5.

27. Picture. Napoleon, Tall. a Fouché. Napoleon is furious that Pope Pius VII. he walked over to Henry the Eighth, only to fight Napoleon.
Napoleon curses the Pope and calls him Satan’s servant.
She wants to capture him and keep him under house arrest.

Intermezzo 7. “Who knows, wouldn’t I too get drunk from feelings of glory and power? Do you think I have absolute truth and morality? Who knows?”

(End of Act II.)

III.Dejstvo.
6.časť.

27.Obraz. Napoleon’s bedroom.
Napoleon and his new, new wife Maria-Louise Habsburg.
First, Maria-Lujza of Naploleon’s vitreous, that she took her as his wife, if only for the benefit, i. to keep the peace in Europe.
In the aftermath, Napoleon criticizes Mary-Louise for not liking him, if at all, she could like a low, crooked man. Gradually, it gets into a state of insane rage.
Mária – Lujza tries to comfort him.

28. Obraz.1812 jun. 13th
Napoleon encourages his troops before entering Russia.
They are to fight for the ideals of the French Revolution, against the disotism of Tsarist Russia.
At the same time, he has visions for the future, for the Nazi-Soviet military conflict.

29.Obraz. Military camp, inside Russian territory.
The Polish nobility asks for help.
Napoleon wants to support the idea of ​​an independent Poland, but in the end he will only compromise.
Delegates of Russian slaves will also visit it.
They will support him as Napoleon promises to free them from slavery.
Napoleon weighs, but is afraid of a mass of slaves, so he finally refuses.

30.Obraz.
The main tent, near Moscow.
Napoleon complains that the Russians are just retreating, and they are retreating and just retreating again.
They avoid a crucial apartment.

31. Picture. Borodino.
Terrible apartment. Suddenly, a French soldier jumps out and starts screaming:
“Are you crazy? Are you going to kill each other? Did God die?
God is no longer there !!! Make sense! ”
And he jumps to a Russian soldier and starts hugging him:
“You are my Russian brother, fellow.! I love you!”
One general asks Napoleon if they should shoot him.
Napoleon: “Leave him!”
And for himself: “Maybe maybe he’s the only one of us right.”
“Oh my God, what have I just done? Horror is raging around me, the bloodiest creature of all time.”
He can see from a distance that Kutuzov is giving command to his mouth

32. Picture. General Staff of General Kutuzov.
Kutuzov: “We are forced to continue to retreat, because the French are still outnumbered. We have to wait for the winter and lose new forces by the spring, a new army.
Don’t worry about the population of Moscow of a few thousand people, because Napoleon is a great lynx, he professes humlanistic ideals, – therefore living with the Moscow population will be civilized.

33. Image.
The headquarters of the French in Moscow.
Napoleon is furious that why the Russian, peaceful delegation is late.

34. Picture. Moscow at night. Before the Institute of the Sick.
The degenerate vagrants with deformed faces walled up, and freed Roztropčina, a sickly sluggish from the institute.
Roztropčin: “I am finally free. As an act of revenge I heat the French well, we are going to set Moscow on fire. Ha-ha-ha.”
He will release all the lunatics, hand them out faces.

35.Obraz. The main tent of the French, near Moscow.
From the distance you can see the fiery hurricane, and the sea of ​​burning and screaming people
Napoleon: “That’s Dante’s hell. We can’t help them anymore, we’d get burned too.”

7.časť.
36. Picture. From afar, you can see an ocean of burnt human bodies, and burned buildings.
Napoleon: “He went, we have nothing to eat, we can’t overwinter in burned-out Moscow, we have to retreat despite the coming Russian winter.”

37. Picture. Kutuz’s main staff.
An officer comes to announce that Moscow is on fire, with about 300,000 victims. But the French are forced to retreat.

38. Image. 1812 January. Russian plane.
Desperate retreat of French troops in unstoppable winter and blizzard.
Their Cossacks fall, barely playing Napoleon.

39. Picture.
Paris. Napoleon: “Horror, peace could finally be established, and now everyone has swallowed up against me. War again? There will never be peace?”

40. Picture. Near Dresden. Napoleon: “We won again, but again, and again another fight? And besides, there was such a huge coalition against me that they are in double superiority!”

41. Bytva near Leipzig.
One officer runs up. :
“Sir We are facing defeat, your most loyal generals, one by one, passing on to the enemy.”
Napoleon rages, “Everyone betrayed me!”

42. Picture. Near Paris. Napoleon desperately wants to defend Paris.

43. Picture. Napoleon wants to enter Paris, but some officers rebel against him and want to stop him.
General Ney comes and forces him to abdicate.
Napoleon signs the abdicasition deed with tears.
Behind the curtain, you can see that the strange gentleman (Doctor Who) in a long, brown coat is also crying.
(End of Act III)

IV. Act.
8.časť.
44.Obraz.
Fontainebleau.
Napoleon and before the crowd sign an abdication for peace and for the interest of the beloved French people.

45. Image. Elba Island.
A manor house overlooking the northwest, towards France.
The sea is roaring below.
Napoleon stands in front of a mirror and ironizes himself, sticking his tongue out at his image:
“I am the great emperor on the island of Elba.”
He wants to do suicide by drinking poison.
A strange gentleman in a long, brown coat runs behind the curtain and plays it.
His faithful friends run up and tell him that the French people are desperate for new leadership and are waiting for him as savior.
Napoleon embarks and sails towards the French.

46. ​​Picture.
Near Grenoble.
Napoleon and a small army meet an adversary, a huge army sent against him to capture him.
Napoleon takes off his shirt:
“Here I am, feel free to shoot me if you want to shoot your emperor. But I will not betray the ideals of the republic, democracy in a united Europe.”
(Napoleon suddenly has visions from the future, he sees Dr. Krigel, who in 1968 was not willing to sign the disgraceful Moscow protocol because he considered his homeland a betrayal and a betrayal of the idea of ​​human socialism. .)
At the same time, he sees in the nearby bushes of a strange lord in a long, brown coat, as he smiles encouragingly at him.
In the rom, one anti-state soldier shouts: “Vive L´emereur” – a hurricane of enthusiastic howls screams, takes Napoleon on his shoulders and moves on with him enthusiastically.
“Let the republic live, let democracy live, let Napoleon live!”
Again, he sees an enthusiastic strange lord nearby, kiva na necho
(Napoleon again has visions of the future: he sees a bearded man carrying him on his shoulders in front of a shipyard.)
Napoleon shall lay a wreath of emperor on his head, and shall say,
“Dear citizens! Dear civic association!
We’re going to Paris, without a single shot. It will be our gentle revolution. ! ”
(And again, in the future, he sees the older master from a previous vision, uttering similar words in front of a huge crowd from the balcony.)

47.Obraz. Napoleon in Malmeson at the tomb of Josephine. He is desperate, starts crying and falls to the grave.
The turn starts to rage:!
“I want a united, democratic Europe, and they have again created a huge army against me. I must fight the whole of Europe, for the future of the whole of Europe!”

9.časť.
48.Picture. Napoleon to his soldiers. It encourages them.
49. Painting Near Waterloa.
They tell Napoleon that many
The loyal officers would no longer want to fight, they would rather give up because they consider him unrealistic. (Suddenly he sees again from the future a benevolent gentleman who brags that, as he can be a counter-revolutionary bandit, when he only wanted to establish democratic socialism, as a model for the whole world.) He is half-desperate, but also enraged.

50. Picture.
Waaterloo Battlefield. You can see General Groche trying to divide the Prussian troops from the English. He chases them to distant forests. He gradually loses sight of them.
From afar hear the sounds of huge flats. Groche struggles with himself whether to return to the battlefield or to follow Napoleon’s original orders, i. chase prussia.
Suddenly he feels that he is holding the whole history of mankind in his hands. As if he were stumbling on the edge of eternity.
(After remembering Pilate of Pontus, when his wife announces to him in the morning that he must not condemn the true man, otherwise he would change history.
He also sees Spartacus as he considered whether to occupy Rome or avoid it, he also sees a general from the future who stood at a historic crossroads, to go to Moscow and succumb to enemies, or to resist, and thus will change the further course of humanity. )
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That evening on the edge of the battlefield.
A huge plan of corpses, fallen soldiers.
Beneath the forest stands General Wellington, terrified from a shining gaze, and General Groche appears in the distance, both of them waving their hands sadly at each other.

51. Picture. Port of Rochefort.
Napoleon talks to the captain of the ship, who is to take him to England, where he wants to engage in scientific research.
A strange gentleman in a long, brown coat summons him from the darkness.
She explains to him that the English have outsmarted him, in fact they drag him violently to the island of St. Helena.
But he offers him a plan: It will split him – there will be two Napoleons: One on the island of St. Helena and the other can fight for their ideals.
Napoleon doesn’t understand anything, the Lord (Doctor Who) explains to him that this is a quantum bond, which scientists on planet Earth will be working on for about 200-300 years.
Napoleon agrees, but neither does.

Part 10.
52. Picture.
Saint Helena. Ex-friends who have been to visit him leave him, and they say that Naspoleon is completely collapsed, as it would not be him at all.

53. Picture. 1918 London. “The Times”
The editors enthusiastically talk about the fact that Napleon allegedly escaped from the island of St. Helena.

54. Picture. Lord Byron’s residence. J.W. Goethe.
They enthusiastically talk about the fact that it was a misunderstood, romantic genius of world format who wanted to establish a better world. He is enthusiastically admired by all intellectuals around the world.

(55. Picture. Appendix No. 1) Wieden´ in 1937. An old man – dressed as a homeless man – shouts that “I am Napoleon, follow me, I will create a great, united Europe.”
Another homeless man runs up and stabs him with a knife.
People run up, but both homeless people disappeared somewhere.

Epiloque. 1847. Great concert in Paris. Finally, Beethoven’s V. Symfonia is played. In the 3rd movement, when the music is lost in nothingness, some members of the audience pass out.
But when, after a huge orchestral crescendo, the triumphant 4th movement comes up, up on the top floor, where poverty sits, some people get up enthusiastically and start shouting, “Behold, the emperor is back! Long live the Emperor!”
And their screams are lost in the roaring hurricane of the symphony orchestra.
Suddenly we are already in Paris in the 21st century. It’s night people start unconsciously gathering at the Louvre, then go through Chan-Elise, an ever-increasing crowd, to Napoleon’s sarcophagus, which is surrounded by intense heat that is constantly entering and heading as if towards to the southeast, and to the northwest.