Quassù 2019.6

Grandes Murailles, Dent d’Hérens e Cervino visti da Cheneil (2100m slm), luglio 2019.

Folksongs: Barbara Allen

Anonimo (sec. XVII): Barbara Allen, ballad di origine scozzese. Alfred Deller, controtenore; Desmond Dupré, liuto.

In Scarlet town where I was born
There was a fair maid dwellin’,
Made ev’ry youth cry «Well-a-day.»
Her name was Barbara Allen.

All in the merry month of may,
When green buds they were swellin’,
Young Jemmy Grove on his death-bed lay
For love of Barbara Allen.

So slowly, slowly she came up,
And slowly she came nigh him,
And all she said when there she came:
«Young man, I think you’re dyin’.»

When he was dead, and laid in grave,
Her heart was struck with sorrow.
«Oh mother, mother, make my bed:
For I shall die tomorrow.»

Farewell, she said, ye virgins all,
And shun the fault I fell in:
Henceforth take warning by the fall
Of cruel Barbara Allen.


Il flebile usignolo

Pietro Torri (c1650 - 6 luglio 1737): «Quando il flebile usignolo», aria per soprano dal II atto dell’opera L’Ippolito (1731). Ann Hallenberg, mezzosoprano; Baroque Ensemble Musikdorf Ernen, dir. e violino principale Ada Pesch.

Quando il flebile usignolo
Lasciar deve a forza il nido
Si rivolge in altro lido
E spiegando afflitto il volo
Va sfogando il suo dolor.