Caccini – Amarilli

Song Information

Title: Amarilli

Music: Giulio Caccini (1551–1618)

Text: Guarini

Sheet Music

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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Song Text

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.