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64 DRAMATIC AND LYRIC INTERPRETATION
The second color we have chosen for our expressions of Comic Spirit is Red. The comic spirit which produces a big, hearty laugh and which I consider the limit of good taste in comedy.
Of course, just as we have farces on the stage, so we have farcical songs. We must avoid an exaggerated interpretation, drifting into vul­garity, avoid the slap-stick of the clown, but all the same give to the joyous Red all its brightness and not dilute the color with water.
To illustrate the red color, I have chosen a song the title of which is Que Vamour cause de peine! It is a farcical peasant song.
A peasant boy, rather silly, tells how he puts on his Sunday dress to make a visit to his sweet­heart, and is knocking at her door; but at the very moment he is going to step into the door, he slips and falls in the mud. When he gets up and approaches his sweetheart, her mother ridicules him in such a manner that he runs off quite ashamed and quite aware of his silliness.
The song contains no powerful comic action, it is entirely a matter of interpreting the type of a silly boy, a type you find among Moli&re's famous valets.








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