Pergolesi (attr.) – Se tu m’ami, se sospiri

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Title: Se tu m’ami, se sospiri

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Text: Paolo Antonio Rolli (1687-1765) (Link is to Italian Wikipedia entry)

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Se tu m’ami, se sospiri
Sol per me, gentil pastor,
Ho dolor de’ tuoi martiri,
Ho diletto del tuo amor,
Ma se pensi che soletto
Io ti debba riamar,
Pastorello, sei soggetto
Facilmente a t’ingannar.

Bella rosa porporina
Oggi Silvia sceglierà,
Con la scusa della spina
Doman poi la sprezzerà.
Ma degli uomini il consiglio
Io per me non seguirò.
Non perché mi piace il giglio
Gli altri fiori sprezzerò.

IPA Transcription:

IPA for Se tu m’ami, se sospiri, courtesy of IPANow! transcription software.

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Lotti – Pur dicesti, o bocca bella

Song Information

Title: Pur dicesti, o bocca bella

Music: Antonio Lotti (ca.1667–1740)

Text: Authorship unknown

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Important note: This Baroque Italian aria is perhaps best known as it appears in Schirmer’s Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias, most of which had appeared previously in the Anthology of Italian Song of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. The pieces in that collection were sometimes set with less than historically accurate accompaniments. For more stylistically correct versions of most of these common Italian songs and arias, consider purchasing 26 Italian Songs and Arias, edited by John Glenn Paton, which is available in Medium High and Medium Low editions that each come with an accompaniment CD.

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Pur dicesti, o bocca bella,
Quel soave e caro sì,
Che fatutto il mio piacer.

Per onor di sua facella
Con un bacio Amor t’aprì,
Dolce fonte del goder, ah!

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Caldara – Selve amiche

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Title: Selve amiche

Music: Antonio Caldara (ca. 1671-1736)

Text: Unknown authorship

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Selve amiche, ombrose piante,
Fido albergo del mio core,
Chiede a voi quest’alma amante
Qualche pace al suo dolore.

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Caldara – Sebben, crudele

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Title: Sebben, crudele

Music: Antonio Caldara (ca. 1671-1736)

Text: Unknown authorship

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Important note: This Baroque Italian aria is perhaps best known as it appears in Schirmer’s Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias, most of which had appeared previously in the Anthology of Italian Song of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. The pieces in that collection were sometimes set with less than historically accurate accompaniments. For more stylistically correct versions of most of these common Italian songs and arias, consider purchasing 26 Italian Songs and Arias, edited by John Glenn Paton, which is available in Medium High and Medium Low editions that each come with an accompaniment CD.

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Sebben, crudele,
Mi fai languir,
Sempre fedele
Ti voglio amar.

Con la lunghezza
Del mio servir
La tua fierezza
Saprò stancar.

IPA Transcription:

IPA for Sebben, crudele, courtesy of IPANow! transcription software.

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Scarlatti – Su, venite a consiglio

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Title: Su, venite a consiglio

Music: Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)

Text: Unknown authorship

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Su, venite a consiglio,
O pensieri.
Com’esser mai può
ch’io serva a Semira,
che scopo è dellira
di chi m’infiammò?
No, no, no, no!

E meglio soffrire,
penare, morire,
che mai rimirare
oggetti sì fieri.
Eh! lasciate i consigli,
o pensieri, o pensieri.

No, no, no, tornate a consiglio,
o pensieri.
Chi il seno m’aprì
con dolce ferita,
vedrà che è schernita
sua fede così,
Sì, sì, sì.

Il cielo permetta
men grave vendetta!
Destin più soave
è forza ch’io speri.
Oh, lasciate i consigli,
O pensieri.

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Scarlatti – Sento nel core

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Title: Sento nel core

Music: Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)

Text: Unknown authorship

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Sento nel core certo dolore,
che la mia pace turbando va.
Splende una face che l’alma accende,
se non è amore, amor sarà.

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Scarlatti – Già il sole dal Gange

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Title: Già il sole dal Gange

Music: Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)

Text: Unknown authorship

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Important note: This Baroque Italian aria is perhaps best known as it appears in Schirmer’s Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias, most of which had appeared previously in the Anthology of Italian Song of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. The pieces in that collection were sometimes set with less than historically accurate accompaniments. For more stylistically correct versions of most of these common Italian songs and arias, consider purchasing 26 Italian Songs and Arias, edited by John Glenn Paton, which is available in Medium High and Medium Low editions that each come with an accompaniment CD.

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Già il sole dal Gange
Più chiaro sfavilla,
E terge ogni stilla
Dell’alba che piange.

Col raggio dorato
Ingemma ogni stello,
E gli astri del cielo
Dipinge nel prato.

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Scarlatti – Son tutta duolo

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Title: Son tutta duolo

Music: Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)

Text: Unknown authorship

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Son tutta duolo, non ho che affanni
E mi dà morte pena crudel:
E per me solo sono tiranni gli astri,
La sorte, i numi, il ciel.

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Scarlatti – Se Florindo è fedele

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Title: Se Florindo è fedele

Music: Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)

Text: Domenico Filippo Contini (according to recmusic.org)

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Se Florindo è fedele io m’innamorerò,
S’è fedele Florindo m’innamorerò.
Potrà ben l’arco tendere il faretrato arcier,
Ch’io mi saprò difendere d’un guardo lusinghier.
Preghi, pianti e querele, io non ascolterò
Ma se sarà fedele io m’innamorerò,
Se Florindo è fedele io m’innamorerò.

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Scarlatti – O cessate di piagarmi

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Title: O cessate di piagarmi (from an aria in Pompeo)

Music: Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)

Text: Nicoló Minato (ca.1630-1698)

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Important note: This Baroque Italian aria is perhaps best known as it appears in Schirmer’s Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias, most of which had appeared previously in the Anthology of Italian Song of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. The pieces in that collection were sometimes set with less than historically accurate accompaniments. For more stylistically correct versions of most of these common Italian songs and arias, consider purchasing 26 Italian Songs and Arias, edited by John Glenn Paton, which is available in Medium High and Medium Low editions that each come with an accompaniment CD.

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O cessate di piagarmi,
O lasciatemi morir!
Luc’ ingrate,
Dispietate,
Più del gelo e più del marmi
Fredde e sorde a’ miei martir.

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Legrenzi – Che fiero costume

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Title: Che fiero costume

Music: Giovanni Legrenzi (1626-1690)

Text: Unknown author

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Important note: This Baroque Italian aria is perhaps best known as it appears in Schirmer’s Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias, most of which had appeared previously in the Anthology of Italian Song of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. The pieces in that collection were sometimes set with less than historically accurate accompaniments. For more stylistically correct versions of most of these common Italian songs and arias, consider purchasing 26 Italian Songs and Arias, edited by John Glenn Paton, which is available in Medium High and Medium Low editions that each come with an accompaniment CD.

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Che fiero costume
D’aligero nume,
Che a forza di pene si faccia adorar!
E pur nell’ ardore
Il dio traditore
Un vago sembiante mi fe’ idolatrar.

Che crudo destino
Che un cieco bambino
Con bocca di latte si faccia stimar!
Ma questo tiranno
Con barbaro inganno,
Entrando per gli occhi, mi fe’ sospirar!

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Marcello – Quella fiamma che m’accende

Song Information

Title: Quella fiamma che m’accende (The first line of the aria)
Alternative Title: Il mio bel foco (The first line of the recit.)

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Text: Anonymous

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Il mio bel foco,
o lontano o vicino ch’esser poss’io,
senza cangiar mai tempre per voi,
care pupille, arderà sempre.

Quella fiamma che m’accende,
piace tanto all’alma mia,
che giammai s’estinguerà.

E se il fato a voi mi rende,
vaghi rai del mio bel sole,
altra luce ella non vuole
nè voler giammai potrà.

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Handel – Affanni del pensier

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Title: Affanni del pensier (from Ottone)

Music: George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Text: Nicola Francesco Haym (1679-1730)

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Affanni del pensier, un sol momento datemi pace almen, e poi tornate.

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  • Recmusic.org has the text and an English translation.

Beethoven – In questa tomba oscura

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Title: In questa tomba oscura

Music: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)

Text: Giuseppe Carpani (1752-1825)

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In questa tomba oscura
Lasciami riposar;
Quando vivevo, ingrata,
Dovevi a me pensar.

Lascia che l’ombre ignude
Godansi pace almen
E non, e non bagnar mie ceneri
D’inutile velen.

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Caccini – Amarilli

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Title: Amarilli

Music: Giulio Caccini (1551–1618)

Text: Guarini

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Important note: This Baroque Italian aria is perhaps best known as it appears in Schirmer’s Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias. The pieces in that collection were generally set with very romanticized accompaniments. Though they aren’t very stylistically correct, they are perhaps the most familiar. The editions linked here may differ somewhat, but they are also likely to be overly romantic in style. For more stylistically correct versions of most of these common Italian songs and arias, consider purchasing 26 Italian Songs and Arias, edited by John Glenn Paton, which is available in Medium High and Medium Low editions that each come with an accompaniment CD.

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Amarilli, mia bella,
Non credi, o del mio cor dolce desio,
D’esser tu l’amor mio?
Credilo pur, e se timor t’assale
Dubitar non ti vale
Aprimi il petto e vedrai scritto il core:
Amarilli è il mio amore.

*Note: In the original, the third line from the end is “Prendi questo mio strale,” which was bowdlerized in this familiar version.

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Carissimi – Vittoria, Vittoria!

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Title: Vittoria, Vittoria!
Alternative Title: Vittoria, mio core!

Music: Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674)

Text: Domenico Benigni (d. 1653)

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Important note: This Baroque Italian aria is perhaps best known as it appears in Schirmer’s Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias. The pieces in that collection were generally set with very romanticized accompaniments. Though they aren’t very stylistically correct, they are perhaps the most familiar. The editions linked here may differ somewhat, but they are also likely to be overly romantic in style. For more somewhat more scholarly versions of most of these common Italian songs and arias, consider purchasing 26 Italian Songs and Arias, edited by John Glenn Paton, which is available in Medium High and Medium Low editions that each come with an accompaniment CD.

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Vittoria, vittoria, mio core!
Non lagrimar più,
È sciolta d’Amore
La vil servitù.

Già l’empia a’ tuoi danni
Fra stuolo di sguardi,
Con vezzi bugiardi
Dispose gl’inganni;

Le frode, gli affanni
Non hanno più loco,
Del crudo suo foco
È spento l’ardore!

Da luci ridenti
Non esce più strale,
Che piaga mortale
Nel petto m’avventi:

Nel duol, ne’ tormenti
Io più non mi sfaccio
È rotto ogni laccio,
Sparito il timore!

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Caldara – Come raggio di sol

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Title: Come raggio di sol

Music: Antonio Caldara (ca. 1671-1736)

Text: Unknown

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Important note: This Baroque Italian aria is perhaps best known as it appears in Schirmer’s Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias, most of which had appeared previously in the Anthology of Italian Song of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. The pieces in that collection were sometimes set with less than historically accurate accompaniments. For more stylistically correct versions of most of these common Italian songs and arias, consider purchasing 26 Italian Songs and Arias, edited by John Glenn Paton, which is available in Medium High and Medium Low editions that each come with an accompaniment CD. This particular piece is somewhat of an exception, however, since the John Glenn Paton edition is nearly identical to the edition listed here.

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Come raggio di sol mite e sereno,
Sovre placidi flutti si riposa,
Mentre del mare nel profondo seno
Sta la tempesta ascola:

Così riso talor gaio e pacato
Di contento, di gioia un labbro infiora,
Mentre nel suo segreto il cor piagato
S’angoscia e si martora.

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Handel – Ombra mai fu

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Title: Ombra mai fu

Composer: George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Author: Unknown, based on libretti by Stampiglia and Minato.

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  • The Internet Archive has a recording of Caruso singing Ombra mai fu, with the recit.
  • Linda Maguire has a recording of Ombra mai fu on her website.

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Frondi tenere e belle,
del mio platano amato,
per voi risplenda il fato.
Tuoni, lampi e procelle
non v’oltraggino mai la cara pace,
nè giunga a profanarvi austro rapace!

Ombra mai fu di vegetabile,
cara ed amabile,
soave più.

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  • Wikipedia has an article on “Ombra mai fu“, with an English translation.

Monteverdi – Lasciatemi morire!

Song Information

Title: Lasciatemi morire! (from the opera L’Arianna)
Alternative Title: Lamento d’Arianna

Composer: Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

Author: Ottavio Rinuccini (1562-1621)

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  • Transcribed at the Choral Public Domain Library: CPDL #802
    • PDF available in E Minor
    • Range: E4 – E5

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Lasciatemi morire!
E che volete che mi conforte
in così dura sorte,
in così gran martire?
Lasciatemi morire!

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Tosti – Ideale

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Title: Ideale

Composer: Francesco Paolo Tosti (1846–1916)

Author: Carmelo Errico (1848-1892)

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  • PDF: Ideale
    • Key: A Major
    • Range: E4 – F♯5
    • Source: Single sheet music selection from 1884 as found in the Library of Congress Digital Collections. Scans were cleaned and straightened and repackaged as a PDF file.

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  • There is an mp3 of Rosa Ponselle singing Ideale at rosaponselle.com
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Io ti seguii come’iride di pace
Lungo le vie del cielo;
Io ti seguii come un’amica face
De la notte nel velo.
E ti sentii ne la luce, ne l’aria,
Nel profumo dei fiori;
E fu piena la stanza solitaria
Di te, dei tuoi splendori.
In te rapito,
al suon de la tua voce
Lungamente sognai,
E de la terra ogni affanno, ogni croce
In quel giorno scordai.
Torna, caro ideal,
torna un istante
A sorridermi ancora,
E a me risplenderà nel tuo sembiante
Una novell’aurora.
Torna, caro ideal, torna, torna.

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