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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!


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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

About the headline (FAQ)

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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]


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

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

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.

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Nyt se kauhea hetki on käsillä

Language: Finnish (Suomi) after the Italian (Italiano)

Nyt se kauhea hetki on käsillä;
Nizza, oma Nizzani, jää hyvästi!
Miten voin enää elää, omani,
niin kaukana sinusta?
Aina vaan pelkkää tuskaa;
mitään hyvää eo enää ole jäljellä,
ja sinä, kukapa sen tietää,
muistatko koskaan minua!

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  • Translation from Italian (Italiano) to Finnish (Suomi) copyright © 2017 by Erkki Pullinen, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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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 ENG 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.


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