Piano Reduction from Op.57 - Cari giorni a me sereni [Soprano, SSA, ’Cello, Harp & Organ]
Cherished days, serene to me
A setting of Cammarano’s text (listed below). Ideally, the performance should grow from the quiet despair of the character (Ines de Castro) to full on rage.
The story is taken from Cammarno’s libretto for the opera "Ines de Castro". In Act Two, the King of Portugal has imprisoned despised Ines de Castro, mother of his son’s two children. In a poignant romanza Ines, alone in her cell, reflects back on the carefree days of her youth, faded all to soon.
"Cari giorni a me sereni d’innocenza e di virtu, Foste brevi, siete spenti, ne a brillar tornate piu. Nel dolor e scorsa intera la pri’mora delleta, Mia giornata innanzi sera nel dolor tramontera. Cari giorni a me sereni d’innocenza e di virtu, Foste brevi, siete spenti, ne a brillar tornate piu."
Cherished, peaceful days of innocence and virtue, Fleeting were you, and over now, you will never shine again. My youthful days are all submerged in sorrow, My day will fade into despair before nightfall. Cherished, peaceful days of innocence and virtue, Fleeting were you, and over now, you will never shine again.
A piano reduction is available alongside the ’cello and harp parts.
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