Molti sospiri per nulla – II

Thomas Augustine Arne (1710 - 1778): Sigh no more, ladies, dalle musiche di scena (1748) per Much ado about nothing di W. Shakespeare (atto II, scena 3a); versione per 3 voci virili (TTB) a cappella. The Hilliard Ensemble.

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more.
        Men were deceivers ever,
    One foot in sea, and one on shore,
        To one thing constant never.
    Then sigh not so, but let them go,
        And be you blithe and merry,
    Converting all your notes of woe
        Into hey down derry.

Sing no more ditties, sing no more
        Of dumps so dull and heavy.
    The fraud of men was ever so
        Since summer first was leavy.
    Then sigh not so, but let them go,
        And be you blithe and merry,
    Converting all your notes of woe
        Into hey down derry.


Tigeroo!

Irving Fine (1914 - 23 agosto 1962): Tigeroo per voce e pianoforte, da Childhood Fables for Grownups su testi di Gertrude Norman (1955). William Parker, baritono; Dalton Baldwin, pianoforte.

There once was a Tiger named Tigeroo,
The hungriest tiger in the zoo:
All day long he liked to eat
Not cake, not cookies, but only meat.

The keeper said, «Now, Tigeroo,
You eat too much, you know you do!
If you eat any more and you get sick,
I’ll call the tiger doctor quick!»

«I’ll eat all I like», said Tigeroo,
«I’m the hungriest tiger in the zoo.
You tell that doctor, I said POOH!
If he comes in my cage, I’ll eat him too!»