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For the opera Ciro in Babilonia I had a horrible seconda donna. Not only was she ugly
beyond all description, but her voice too was without any dignity. After the most careful testing,
I found that she had a single note, the middle B flat, which didn't sound too bad. I thereupon
wrote an aria in which she had to sing just that note. I set it all in the orchestra, and as the
piece was liked and applauded, my unitonal singer was delighted with her triumph.
Gioachino Rossini
(to Ferdinand Hiller, quoted by Herbert Weinstock in his biography of Rossini)
For editorial notes and other information, see
http://home.earthlink.net/~markdlew/shw/CiroMono.htm
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Chi disprezza glinfelici
Ciro in Babilonia
(1792-1868)
Gioachino Rossini Francesco Aventi
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Copyright 1998, Mark D. Lew
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Chi disprezza glinfelici,
Chi il suo pianto non ascolta
Sa punir il Ciel talvolta
dellindegna crudelt
Cangia aspetto al suo destino,
infelice il disumano,
Chiede al fin pietade invano
Se fu sordo alla piet.
He who scorns the unfortunate,
Who does not hear their weeping,
To him, Heaven will bring punishment
For such shameful cruelty.
The prospects of his future change:
The cold-hearted one is now the unfortunate.
At last, he calls for pity ... but in vain,
For he was deaf to the pleas of others.
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