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
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.. 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:  Violini, Viola, unspecified voice (bass clef), unspecified instrumental bass (not figured). Note at end of recitative: "Siegue subbito." Aria notated on 9-stave systems:  Corni in Elafa (=E-flat),  Oboe,  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.Recitative:Cosa mi dite mai?Dunque [?]Rovina à tutti cor bellatoLo sguajato Franceseil taciturno IngleseL'Italiano geloso?e à presso il buon Tedescho & suo sposo?Dunque faci ben io quinto carissimodi starmene a vedere Oh va benissimo.Aria:Se alla Donna tu dai fede ecco dici il core io spezzoli o corbezzoliQuinto mio non occor altrofa bisogno esser più scaltrova benissimo così.Dunque corbezzolici vuol giudizioO va benissimoTorn all'uffizionon occor altroper questo di.Chi mi chiama? Oh che patienza!Servito sua eccelenzaO corbezzoli, ò capitodunque io son tradito?Benissimando corbezzolandonon occor altro dunque fini.First page creased and somewhat soiled and stained. (Inventory #: 26942)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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