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OH, VIENI AL MARE


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[o vjfni al m~re]

vjfni la b.firka e prQnta de


(Oh, Come to the Sea!)
Gaetano Donizetti
[gaet~no donits~t:ti]
(Bergamo, 1797 - Bergamo, 1848)

vjen gartsQn d3entile


1 Vieni, la barca e pronta, 9 Deb! vien, garzon gentile,
Come, the boat is ready, Please, come, boy kind,
ljfve unaur~t:ta spira kio nel tyo sen minf Qnda
2 Lieve un'auretta spira, 10 Ch'io nel too sen m'infonda,
lightly a-little-breeze blows, so-that-I in your bosom may-myself-infuse,
tyt:to damQr sospira e ras:somi,(:,(i al:lQnda
3 Tutto d'amor sospira, 11 E rassomigli all'onda
everything of-love sighs, and may-be-similar to-the-wave
il mar la tfr:ra il tJd ke b!!tfa il tfflo e mw:,r
4 II mar, la terra, ii ciel. U Che bacia ii Cielo e moor.
the sea, the earth, the sky. which kisses the sky and dies.
v~di lard3fntea lyna de kw.finti flyt:ti a ii m.fire
5 Vedi, l'argentea Inna 13 Deb! quanti llutti ha ii mare
See, the-silvery moon Please, as-many tides has the sea
splfnde .fiA.:Aiam.finti amika io t.finti b!!tfi avfs:si
6 Splende agli amanti amica, 14 Io tanti baci avessi;
shines to-the lovers, friend, I so-many kisses would-have;
e Sfmbra ke ti dika vor:rfi l!!f:Jar kon ~s:si
7 E sembra che ti dica: 15 Vorrei lasciar con essi
and it-seems that to-you she-says: I-would-like to-leave with them
kQr:ri al:la tya fed~l. syl:le tye l.fib:bra il k:,r
8 "Corri alla tua fedel!" 16 Solle toe labbra ii cor.
Run to your faithful-one! on your lips the heart.

Background regiment, and Don Pasquale. He day: Malibran, Grisi, and Rubini.
Gaetano Donizetti learned music composed over 170 songs, of which The song recreates a typical Nea-
at an early age, thanks to a charity more than 80 were printed during politan folk song, and the opening
music school organized by the his lifetime. He wrote quickly and part of the melody could have
composer Simone Mayr. Through clearly, laboring incessantly been heard in any part of the city
Mayr he gained early insight into throughout his professional life to or down by the harbor. Donizetti
the music of Haydn and Mozart. fulfill the ever mounting pile of transformed elements of popular
He completed his studies in Bolo- commissions. music into a little gem for drawing
gna with Father Stanislao Mattei, This song is the first of ten room or concert hall use.
the teacher of Morlacchi and songs and duets in a volume enti- A later source calls this song
Rossini. After several years of tled Matinee musicale, dedicated "La Gondoliera: barcarola," but
conducting regularly and compos- to Queen Victoria of England. The that title implies a Venetian back-
ing two to five operas a year in Na- album was published by Giraud, ground and a slow, dreamy tempo,
ples, Donizetti achieved wider Naples, and then by Lucca, Milan, neither of which suits the song.
recognition with Anna Bolena 1841/42. In measure 62, after the free
(Milan, 1830) and other works. He Queen Victoria's diary does cadenza, a syncopated rhythm is
traveled to Paris in 1838 upon invi- not mention the album, but this performed on the first syllable of
tation from Rossini; there he song would have been ideal for her vieni. This is called a ribattuta di
wrote operas to both French and voice, an agile, high soprano. She gola (literally, restriking of the
Italian librettos. Donizetti com- also loved Italian opera, and she throat) and consists of underlining
posed over seventy operas, includ- had chosen arias by Donizetti to the vowel with a quick throb, but
ing several that are still performed be sung in a concert honoring her without stopping and restarting
often, such as Lucia di Lammer- 16th birthday and performed by the tone.
moor, L 'Elisir d'amore, La fille du the greatest Italian singers of the

48 Italian Art Songs of the Romantic Era


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Literal translation: Come, the boat is ready, a little breeze is blowing, everything whispers of love, the sea, the earth,
the sky!
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Come to me, oh my sweet one, let me lay my head on your breast, and be like the wave that kisses the sky and then dies.

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I'd like to have as many kisses as the sea has floodtides. Oh that I could leave, like them, the impression of my lips
on your heart!

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