The Beauty Stone (1897-98)
An Original Romantic Musical Drama in Three Acts
Libretto by Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934) and Joseph Comyns Carr (1849-1916)
Introduction. Allegro alla - Marcia
Scene 1. The Weaver's Home
Duet. Simon: 'Click, clack, click, clack'
Chorus with Solos. Chorus: 'Hobble, hobble, now we've caught her'
Joan and Simon
Semi-Chorus: 'Maidens and men of Mirlemont town'
Prayer. Laine: 'Dear Mary Mother, unto thee I bring'
Quartet. Simon: 'Who stands within?'
Joan, Devil, and Laine
Recitative and Song. Devil: 'Since it dwelt in that rock
whose hallowed crest' -
'I gave it away to a love-lorn maid' -
Devil: 'VOS QUIBIS DEUS BENEDICIT BENEDICITE!' -
Appearance of Laine.
After Devil's Song. Change of Scene. Moderato
Scene 2. The Market-place
Full Chorus. Maidens: 'The bells are ringing o'er Mirlemont town' -
Competitor's Friends: 'Maidens and men of Mirlemont town'
Duet. Jacqueline: 'May name is crazy Jacqueline' -
Entrance of the Burgomaster and Crowd. Chorus: 'The bells
are ringing o'er Mirlemont town'
Scene. The Beauty Contest. Nicholas: 'Know ye all,
both great and small' -
Loyse: 'I am Loyse from St Denis' -
Chorus, Saida, Philip, and Nicholas
Isabeau: 'In the hills beyond Florenens' -
Chorus, Saida, Devil, Philip, and Nicholas
Barbe: 'I am Barbe of Bovigny'
Finale of Act I. Chorus: 'Go, bring forth old
Simon's daughter!' -
Philip: 'By Our Lady, she is fair!' -
Chorus, Nicholas, and Saida
Saida: 'Oh, turn thine eyes away' -
Philip and Chorus
Saida: 'In vain ye plead, some magic spell
enthralls him!' -
Guntran, Devil, Chorus, Joan, Simon, and Philip
Laine: 'I can but tell I knelt and prayed'
Philip, Chorus, then All
Scene 1. A Hall in the Castle
Chorus of Knights and Dames. All: 'With cards and
dice, and with wine and laughter'
Scene. Chorus of Knights and Dames: 'Though she
should dance' -
Song. Saida: 'Safe in her island home, whose
sloping glades' -
Knights, Eastern Maidens, and Dames
Knights: 'Nay, see ye not this maid is fair?'
Dames and Philip
Duet. Philip: 'I love thee! I love thee!'
Scene. Song. Guntran: 'I'll tell them what thou was
when first I knew thee' -
Philip: 'How say you? Shame! My sword! my sword!' -
Laine, Devil, and Saida
Laine: 'Nay, wert thou more than all he said thou art' -
Saida: 'She's gone! Love's hour has come at last!' -
Devil and Philip
Guntran: 'Lords of Sirault, Velaines, and St Sauveur'
Three Lords, Philip, then All
Change of Scene. Andante tranquillo
Scene 2. The Weaver's Home
Trio. Joan: 'Look yon - 'tis she! our little Laine!'
Laine and Simon
Duet. Simon: 'I would see a maid who dwells in Zolden'
Quintet. Devil: 'Haste thee! Haste thee!'
Laine, Joan, Saida, and Simon
Scene 3. Between the Castle and the North Gate
Duet (with Dance). Jacqueline: 'Up and down'
Finale of Act II. Guntran: 'There he stands, that lord ye knew' -
Chorus and Philip
Laine: 'My lord!'
Philip, Joan, and Chorus
Scene 1. The Terrace of the Castle
Introduction. Moderato con moto -
Song. Laine: 'An hour agone 'twas the moon that shone'
Song. Jacqueline: 'Why does thou sigh and moan?'
Recitative and Song. Saida: 'Mine, mine at last! Poor
vanquished slave, begone!' -
'What laggard steed doth carry'
Scene. Saida: 'So all is lost for ever! And 'twas thou'
Change of Scene. Allegro vivace e agitato
Scene 2. The Market-place
Chorus and Dance. Chorus: 'O'er Mirlemont city the banners
are flying' -
Exit of Guntran and Crowd. Allegro moderato
Finale of Act III. Chorus: 'Hail to the lord of our land!'
Guntran, Joan, Laine, Simon, Jacqueline, Philip, Devil, then All
Toby Spence tenor - Philip
David Stout bass - Guntran
Stephen Gadd baritone - Simon
Richard Suart baritone - Nicholas
Alan Opie baritone - The Devil
Elin Manahan Thomas soprano - Laine
Catherine Wyn-Rogers mezzo-soprano - Joan
Madeleine Shaw mezzo-soprano - Jacqueline
Rebecca Evans soprano - Saida
Olivia Gomez soprano - Loyse
Sarah Maxted mezzo-soprano - Isabeau
Llio Evans soprano - Barbe
, a dwarf
The Lords of Serault, Velaines, and St Sauveur
A Lad of tthe Town
A Shrewish Girl
Knights, Dames, Pages, Aldermen, Soldiers, Townsfolk, Country-folk, Dancers, Lute-players, Serving-men, and the rest
The story is laid in the Flemish town of Mirlemont in the beginning of the fifteenth century
29 January-3 February 2013