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Destrier, che all’armi usato fuggì dal chiuso albergo, scorre la selva, il prato, agita il crin sul tergo e fa co’ suoi nitriti le valli risonar. Ed ogni suon che ascolta crede che sia la voce del cavalier feroce che l’anima a pugnar.
- by Pietro Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi (1698 - 1782), as Pietro Metastasio, appears in Alessandro nell'Indie, Act 2, Scene X, aria di Poro [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), "Destrier, che all'armi usato" [ 2 trumpets, 2 horns, 2 oboes, strings, soprano voice ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Nicola Antonio Porpora (1686 - 1768), "Destrier, che all'armi usato" [ 2 trumpets, 2 horns, soprano voice, strings ], from opera Poro [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Leonardo Vinci (1690 - 1730), "Destrier, che all'armi usato" [ 2 trumpets, 2 horns, soprano voice, strings ] [sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "The warhorse, accustomed to arms", 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: 2018-04-21
Line count: 10
Word count: 43
The warhorse, accustomed to arms, which has fled the inn's enclosure, runs through the fields, across the meadows, shakes the back of his head, and with his neighing causes valleys to resound. Every sound he hears he believes to be the voice of his rider, who stirs him on to knightly combat.
- 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 Alessandro nell'Indie, Act 2, Scene X, aria di Poro
This text was added to the website: 2018-05-20
Line count: 10
Word count: 52