Vo solcando un mar crudele (Leonardo Vinci)

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  • (Posted 2022-01-25)  CPDL #67748:         
Editors: Jonathan Goodliffe and Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2022-01-25).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 277 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Vo solcando un mar crudele
Composer: Leonardo Vinci
Lyricist: Pietro Metastasio
Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: S
Genre: SecularAria

Language: Italian
Instruments: Mixed ensemble

First published: 1730
Description: An elaborate aria for soprano castrato

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Vo solcando un mar crudele,
senza vele e senza sarte;
freme l'onda, il ciel s'imbruna,
cresce il vento e manca l'arte
e il voler della fortuna
son costretto a seguitar.
Infelice, in questo stato
son da tutti abbandonato;
meco sola è l'innocenza
che mi porta a naufragar.

English.png English translation

I am crossing a cruel sea
Without sails or a sailmaker.
The wave threatens, the sky is darkening.
The wind increases and I have no skill
Or courage to seek to save myself,
But I am forced to continue.
How unhappy I am!
In this plight I am abandoned by all.
I am left alone with my innocence
Which leads me to shipwreck.