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Se all’impero, amici dei, necessario è un cor severo, o togliete a me l’impero o a me date un altro cor. Se la fé de’ regni miei con l’amor non assicuro, d’una fede io non mi curo che sia frutto del timor.
- by Pietro Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi (1698 - 1782), as Pietro Metastasio, appears in La Clemenza di Tito [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Pasquale Anfossi (1727 - 1797), "Se all'impero, amici Dei", 1769, first performed 1769 [ 2 oboes, 2 horns, strings, and tenor voice ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Niccolò Jommelli (1714 - 1774), "Se all'impero, amici Dei", 1753, first performed 1753 [ strings and tenor voice ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791), "Se all'impero, amici Dei", K 621 (1791), first performed 1791 [ 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, strings, tenor voice ], from opera La clemenza di Tito, no. 20 [sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "If a strict, unfeeling heart", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website: 2018-05-15
Line count: 8
Word count: 42
If a strict, unfeeling heart is needed in order to rule, either take from me the empire or else give me another heart. If the faith of my realm I cannot secure with my love, I care nothing for their loyalty if it is merely the product of fear.
- Translation from Italian (Italiano) to English copyright © 2018 by Andrew Schneider, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
- a text in Italian (Italiano) by Pietro Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi (1698 - 1782), as Pietro Metastasio, appears in La Clemenza di Tito
This text was added to the website: 2018-05-16
Line count: 8
Word count: 49