"Country Knight" interlude
Composer: Mascagni Pietro
Director Jiang Wen was inspired by this song when he was working on the movie "Sunny Days", he said: "Where did my inspiration come from? I listen to Mascagne's music like a torch lit in the sky", when Ma Xiaojun first saw the picture of Milan, this song "Country Knight" sounded. Later, when his films "One Step Away" and "The Devil Is Coming", he said that "if you want to smoke a cigarette, daydream to follow," this work gave him unlimited creative desire and passion.
The opera "Country Knight", created by the Italian composer Mascagni at the age of 26, is a love tragedy set in the Italian island of Sicily.
At the beginning of the opera, people carry farm tools and walk through the mountain forest pastures, singing. The girls sang and sang, through the leaves of the myrtle flowers, through the golden fields. Here the rural life of Sicily is depicted, like an oil painting in front of the eyes,
The song is also very good, called "Lemon Blossom is Fragrant", Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, very hot, because the volcanic minerals nourished into an agricultural paradise, rich in lemons.
In the early morning, after people begin to sing the song of the lemon blossom is fragrant, this day is the traditional Easter, the day to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
The girls changed into bright red festive dresses, put on small round hats, and put on light blue turbans, and huddled in the streets singing and dancing. People waited in the streets for the parade. On Easter Day, the statue of Jesus in the church is carried to the streets by the clergy to receive people's worship and prayers, and then carried back to the church, at this time the oppressive crowd follows the procession to the church for Mass.
Durato's wife, dressed in black like an ominous shadow, hovered over the scene of celebration. She sang a grief-stricken song at the festival, after Duratul got married, he was still entangled with his old lover Lola, his wife was very jealous, she was jealous of her husband's love with Lola, the woman's possessiveness was very terrible, she told Lola's husband, and finally, the two men dueled, And Durato was killed. The passion of Italians comes from desire. Passion is love, sometimes stealing, and finally a duel.
What is really touching in this opera is not the custom scene of singing and dancing, but the burning love and hatred in the song, the overflowing love and the absolute hatred, which can only be expressed by singing.
The origin of this interlude should be the beauty of Sicilian folk songs and the praise of people for the good country life.