Musician Stephen Morris reunited with £250,000 Tecchler violin 英音樂家失而復得價值25萬鎊小提琴

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(註:原文於2019年11月2日發表。)
一把有310年歷史、價值25萬英鎊的小提琴被落在了倫敦南部的一列火車上,小提琴現已物歸原主。在多次秘密談判後,這件樂器已在倫敦貝肯漢姆區的一個超市停車場內被交還給職業音樂家斯蒂芬‧莫里斯。

文字稿

Stephen Morris, a professional musician, was distraught when he realised he’d left the instrument on a London to Orpington service last month.

當職業音樂家斯蒂芬意識到他上個月把樂器落在了從倫敦開往奧爾平頓的一班火車上時,他焦慮不堪。

But after the British Transport Police released a CCTV image of the man believed to have taken it, Mr Morris got a private message on Twitter saying 「I recognise the person in the picture. I think it may be somebody I know.」

但在英國交通警察局公佈了據信為攜琴男子的監控圖片後,莫里斯先生在社交媒體網站 「Twitter」(推特)上收到了一條私信:「我認得出圖片裡的那個人。我覺得他也許是我認識的人。」

It’s thought the sender was actually the man officers were looking for. On Friday, a handover operation was arranged with plain-clothes police on standby, just in case.

有人認為這個發信人其實正是警察當時在找的人。交接行動被安排在了週五,一旁有便衣警察隨時待命,以防萬一。

Mr Morris, who’s played on film scores including The Lord of the Rings and James Bond and recorded with David Bowie and Stevie Wonder, says the violin is both intact and 「in tune」.

莫里斯先生演奏過包括《指環王》、詹姆斯‧邦德(「007」系列)等電影的配樂,還曾與大衛‧鮑威、史提夫‧汪達合作錄製唱片。他說小提琴完好無缺,而且「音準無誤」。

詞彙

professional 職業的,專業的
musician 音樂家
distraught 焦慮不安的
instrument 樂器
recognise 認出
film scores 電影配樂
recorded 錄製了(音樂)
intact 完整無缺的
in tune (樂器)音調準的

閱讀理解:請在讀完上文後,回答下列問題 。

1. True or false? Stephen Morris was worried when he realised he’d left his violin on a train in London.

2. Who is thought to have taken the violin?

3. What film scores has Stephen Morris played on? Name the two mentioned in the text.

4. According to Mr Morris, what is the state of the violin?

答案

1. True or false? Stephen Morris was worried when he realised he’d left his violin on a train in London.
True. It’s said in the text that he was distraught, which means 『worried’ or 『upset’.

2. Who is thought to have taken the violin?
The musician got a private message from a man on Twitter, saying he recognised the person in the CCTV image, but it’s thought the sender was actually the person to have taken the violin.

3. What film scores has Stephen Morris played on? Name the two mentioned in the text.
Stephen Morris has played on film scores including The Lord of the Rings and James Bond.

4. According to Mr Morris, what is the state of the violin?
The violin is both intact and in tune, according to Mr Morris.