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Ecco quel fiero istante

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Ecco quel fiero istante:
  Nice, mia Nice, addio.
  Come vivrò ben mio,
  Così lontan da te?
    Io vivrò sempre in pene,
  Io non avrò più bene: 
  E tu, chi sa se mai
  Ti sovverrai di me! 

[Soffri che in traccia almeno 
  Di mia perduta pace 
  Venga il pensier seguace
  Sull' orme del tuo piè.]1
    Sempre nel tuo cammino,
  [Sempre]1 m' avrai vicino;
  E tu, chi sa se mai 
  Ti sovverai di me! 

Io fra remote sponde 
  Mesto volgendo i passi,
  Andrò chiedendo a i sassi,
  La Ninfa mia dov' è? 
    Dall' una all' altra Aurora 
  Te andrò chiamando ognora;
  E tu, chi sa se mai
  Ti sovverrai di me! 

Io rivedrò sovente
  Le amene piagge, o Nice,
  Dove vivea felice,
  Quando vivea con te.
    A me saran tormento 
  Cento memorie e cento:
  E tu, chi sa se mai
  Ti sovverrai di me! 

Ecco, dirò, quel fonte,
  Dove avvampò di sdegno;
  Ma poi di pace in pegno 
  La bella man mi diè.
    Quì si vivea di speme:
  Là si languiva insieme;
  E tu, chi sa se mai
  Ti sovverrai di me! 

Quanti vedrai giungendo 
  Al nuovo tuo soggiorno,
  Quanti venirti intorno 
  À offrirti amore, e fé! 
    Oh Dio! chi sa fra tanti
 Teneri omaggi e pianti,
 Oh Dio! chi sa se mai 
 Ti sovverrai di me! 

Pensa qual dolce strale, 
  Cara, mi lasci in seno:
  Pensa che amò Fileno
  Senza sperar mercè:
    Pensa, mia vita, a questo 
  Barbaro addio funesto:
  Pensa... Ah chi sa se mai 
  Ti sovverrai di me!


Translation(s): ENG FIN FRE GER GER GER SPA

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L. Beethoven sets stanza 1
G. Rossini sets stanzas 1, 2 (lines 5-8)
W. Mozart sets stanza 1
S. Mercadante sets stanza 1

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Confirmed with Opere di Pietro Metastasio, Gio. Tomaso Masie Comp., 1782, pages 437-439.

1 omitted by Rossini.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Johann Gaitzsch) , "The departure", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Louis Crevel de Charlemagne) , "Le depart", from the 1st volume of Rossini's Soirées musicales, Schott, first published 1835
  • GER German (Deutsch) (G. Friedrich) , "Die Abreise", from the 1st volume of Rossini's Soirées musicales, Schott, first published 1835
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Juan Henríquez Concepción) , "La partida", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:41
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The departure

Language: English after the Italian (Italiano)

Now comes the painful instant
Nice, my Nice, goodbye,
How can I live, my love
So far away from you!
My live will be a burden
Without any happiness
And you, who knows if ever
You will remember me.






On your way I shall always
Be close to you
But you, who knows, if ever
You will remember me.


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Based on
  • a text in Italian (Italiano) by Pietro Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi (1698 - 1782), as Pietro Metastasio, "La partenza", written 1746, appears in Canzonette, no. 5 FIN FRE GER GER GER SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): M. Arnault, Ludwig van Beethoven, Carl Blum, August Bungert, Johann Wilhelm Hertel, Saverio Mercadante, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gioacchino Antonio Rossini, Friedrich Wilhelm Rust. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:41
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Word count: 59