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One Fine Day

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ONE FINE DAY (R5x32) 5C set John Drewry Greenburn Book 3

1- 8 1s and 3s set and dance down 1 place, cast behind 4s/5s and dance up to face Man's 2nd corner in prom hold
9-16 1s and 3s dance diagonal reel of 3 with 2nd corners
17-24 1s and 3s dance up (Lady followed by Man) and dance LH across with 2M/4M, 1s and 3s dance RH across with 4L/5L
25-32 1s and 3s turn 2nd corners LH, turn partner RH and cast on own sides to 3rd/5th places

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


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One Fine Day is also the English name for one of Puccini's most famous arias, Un Bel Di, in the opera Madama Butterfly, Premiere 1904, based on the short story Madame Butterfly (1898) by John Luther Long.

It is one of the most popular works in the soprano repertoire. The heroine sings movingly of her vision of being reunited with Pinkerton, her loved one, and the father of her child.

Madama Butterfly has become a staple of the operatic repertoire around the world, ranked 6th by Operabase.

In the opera's most famous aria (Un bel dì vedremo ("One fine day we shall see")), Butterfly says that,

"...one fine day", they will see a puff of smoke on the far horizon. Then a ship will appear and enter the harbor. She will not go down to meet him but will wait on the hill for him to come. After a long time, she will see in the far distance a man beginning the walk out of the city and up the hill. When he arrives, he will call "Butterfly" from a distance...

The huge success of One Fine Day opera has given rise to a great may artistic works by the same name. The most prominent being the song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King which was a 1963 hit for the Chiffons and the 1996 film starring Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney.

One Fine Day Song - Information Video

Cherry blossom in similar setting for Madama Butterfly
Cherry Blossom Of Nakashima Nagasaki, 1912


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