Cavalieri Rappresentatione Act I Scena Seconda

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Choro
Questa Vita mortale,
Per fuggir presto, hà l'ale:
E con tal fretta passa,
Ch' à dietro i venti, e le saette lassa.
Veloce il giorno e ratto
Corre à la notte: e à un tratto
Dispar la state, e'l verno,
Tal che da un punto sol vassi à l'eterno.
Il tempo, che non dura,
Ci logra, e ci misura:
Ahi come in un momento
Dà il Ciel la vita, e se la porta il vento!
Ma la vita, ch' è breve,
Il saggio odiar non deve;
Per ciò che il tempo corto
Fà giunger tosto al desiato porto.
Chorus
This mortal life,
flies away quickly, as if on wings,
more swiftly than the flight of arrows
or the wind.
The days go by so fast,
running into the nights
suddenly summer disappears and then
winter, in an instant everything vanishes.
Time, which doesn't last,
wears us out and defeats us.
Ah, how in a moment, Heaven gives
us life, and the wind carries it away!
But life's shortness
is not to be hated by the wise;
for in a short time
we reach the desired harbour.

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from Cavalieri Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo, released January 6, 1996
Released on Koch International, 1996. Warren Stewart, producer; Peter Nothnagle, engineer. Recorded at St. Vincent's School for Boys, Marinwood CA
October 31-November 3, 1994.

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For 20 years Magnificat has explored the emotionally charged music of the 17th Century, each season bringing together an assembly of internationally recognized musicians to present innovative programs that inspire the imagination. With dramatic flair and sensitivity to historical context, Magnificat imbues each concert with an infectious joy and a delight in musical make-believe. ... more

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