Recitative, "Cosa mi dite mai?," and aria, "Se alla Donna tu dai fede ecco dici," for bass and orchestra. Musical manuscript full score. Late 18th century

Oblong folio (325 x 230 mm.). Sewn with green silk tape. 29, [i] (blank) pp. Notated in ink on 10-stave paper. Watermarks: "AM" (?"MA") and three crescents.

Recitative notated on five-stave systems: [2] Violini, Viola, unspecified voice (bass clef), unspecified instrumental bass (not figured). Note at end of recitative: "Siegue subbito." Aria notated on 9-stave systems: [2] Corni in Elafa (=E-flat), [2] Oboe, [2] Violini, Viola, unspecified voice (bass clef), unspecified instrumental bass (not figured). The recitative begins in D major and modulates to E-flat major, the key of the aria. The meter is common time throughout.

Cosa mi dite mai?
Dunque [?]Rovina à tutti cor bellato
Lo sguajato Francese
il taciturno Inglese
L'Italiano geloso?
e à presso il buon Tedescho & suo sposo?
Dunque faci ben io quinto carissimo
di starmene a vedere
Oh va benissimo.

Se alla Donna tu dai fede ecco dici
il core io spezzoli
o corbezzoli
Quinto mio non occor altro
fa bisogno esser più scaltro
va benissimo così.
Dunque corbezzoli
ci vuol giudizio
O va benissimo
Torn all'uffizio
non occor altro
per questo di.
Chi mi chiama? Oh che patienza!
Servito sua eccelenza
O corbezzoli, ò capito
dunque io son tradito?
non occor altro dunque fini.

First page creased and somewhat soiled and stained.

Both music and text apparently unrecorded.

We have been unable to identify the opera from which this excerpt is taken. The very distinctive text may offer a clue. A woman (whose name may be read as Rovina or Dorina) is courted by five suitors, each of a different nationality: a Frenchman, an Englishman, an Italian, a German, and the character of the present aria, whose nationality and name remain obscure. The style of the aria, with its peculiar comedic neologisms (such as "benissimando"), points to a basso buffo part. Item #26942

Price: $550.00  other currencies

See all items in Music
See all items by