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Figlio se più non vivi, morrò; ma del mio fato farò che un re svenato preceda messaggier. Infin che il padre arrivi fa’ che sospenda il remo colà sul guado estremo il pallido nocchier.
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- by Pietro Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi (1698 - 1782), as Pietro Metastasio, no title, appears in Artaserse [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 Domenico Cimarosa (1749 - 1801), "Figlio, se più non vivi", 1784, first performed 1784 [ 2 oboes, 2 horns, strings, tenor voice ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Leonardo Vinci (1690 - 1730), "Figlio, se più non vivi", HelN 78 no. 27 (1730), first performed 1730 [ strings, tenor voice, and continuo ], from opera Artaserse, no. 27 [sung text checked 1 time]
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- ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "My son, if you no longer live", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website: 2018-06-21
Line count: 8
Word count: 34
My son, if you no longer live, I will follow you to the grave. But a slain king will surely precede me to relate unto you my fate. Take care that Charon, the pale-faced sailor of Hades, not row you across fatal Styx until I arrive.
- Translation from Italian (Italiano) to English copyright © 2019 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, no title, appears in Artaserse
This text was added to the website: 2019-10-16
Line count: 8
Word count: 46