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Aaron Copland- Quiet City (Wynton Marsalis): great compositions/performances

Aaron Copland- Quiet City (Wynton Marsalis)

Erich Wolfgang Korngold – Die tote Stadt – “Glück das mir verblieb”: make music part of your life

Song to the Moon – Antonín Dvořák: make music part of your life series

Song to the Moon – Antonín Dvořák

See lyrics translated into English below.

Soprano Renee Fleming sings this aria. Dvorak’s composition relies upon expansive arpeggiated chords to capture the fairy tale ambiance of Rusalka. The amicable old Spirit of the Lake, Jezibab, is enjoying the singing of the Wood Nymphs, when his daughter, Rusalka, sadly approaches him. She admits that she has fallen in love with a handsome prince. Yearning to know the bliss of union with him, she wishes to become human. Deeply saddened, the Spirit of the Lake consents to her request, and leaves. All alone, Rusalka sings this magnificent aria and shares the secrets of her longing to the moon.

Featuring the paintings and artwork of William Bouguereau, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, J.W. Waterhouse, Armand Guillaumin, and Spadecaller.

Lyrics (translation)

Silver moon upon the deep dark sky,
Through the vast night pierce your rays.
This sleeping world you wander by,
Smiling on man’s homes and ways.
Oh moon ere past you glide, tell me,
Tell me, oh where does my loved one bide?
Oh moon ere past you glide, tell me
Tell me, oh where does my loved one bide?
Tell him, oh tell him, my silver moon,
Mine are the arms that shall hold him,
That between waking and sleeping he may
Think of the love that enfolds him,
May between waking and sleeping
Think of the love that enfolds him.
Light his path far away, light his path,
Tell him, oh tell him who does for him stay!
Human soul, should it dream of me, Let my memory wakened be.
Moon, moon, oh do not wane, do not wane,
Moon, oh moon, do not wane….

Great Performances: Valentina Nafornita – RUSALKA

Valentina Nafornita, Rusalka (Dvorak), 12.12.2009, Romanian Atheneum. Romanian National Youth Orchestra, conducted by Cristian Mandeal
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V’adoro, pupille (Händel)- Renée Fleming

V’adoro, pupille.
Giulio Cesare, HWV 17 (1723)
George Frideric Händel (1685- 1759)

Soprano: Renée Fleming
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Harry Bicket

V’adoro, pupille,
saette d’amore,
le vostre faville
son grate nel sen.
Pietose vi brama
il mesto mio core,
ch’ogn’ora vi chiama
l’amato suo ben.