Caldara – Sebben, crudele

Song Information

Title: Sebben, crudele

Music: Antonio Caldara (ca. 1671-1736)

Text: Unknown authorship

Sheet Music

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.

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Song Text


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.