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Il traditor deluso

by Franz Schubert From Drei Gesänge (1827) D902 4–6.xii.1849

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Il traditor deluso
Italian source: Pietro Metastasio

Recitativo:
Ahimè, Io tremo, io sento
Tutto inondarmi il seno
Di gelido sudor... Fuggasi... Ah quale...
Qual' è la via! Chi me l'addita? Oh Dio,
Che ascoltai! Che m'avvenne! Ove son io!

Aria:
Ah l'aria d'intorno
Lampeggia, sfavilla,
Ondeggia, vacilla
L'infido terren!

Qual notte profonda
D'orror mi circonda!
Che larve funeste,
Che smanie son queste!
Che fiero spavento
Mi sento nel sen!

The traitor deceived
English translation © Richard Wigmore

Recitative:
Alas, I tremble!
I feel a cold sweat upon my brow!
I must flee; but whither? Where is the way?
Who will show it to me? O God, what do I hear?
What is happening to me? O God, what do I hear?
Where am I?

Air:
The air around me flashes and sparkles;
The perfidious earth quakes and trembles!
The deep night surrounds me with horror!
What baleful creatures, what furies are these?
What raging terror I feel in my breast!

Il traditor deluso
Italian source: Pietro Metastasio

The traitor deceived
English source: Richard Wigmore

Recitativo:
Recitative:
Ahimè, Io tremo, io sento
Alas, I tremble!
Tutto inondarmi il seno
I feel a cold sweat upon my brow!
Di gelido sudor... Fuggasi... Ah quale...
I must flee; but whither? Where is the way?
Qual' è la via! Chi me l'addita? Oh Dio,
Who will show it to me? O God, what do I hear?
Che ascoltai! Che m'avvenne! Ove son io!
What is happening to me? O God, what do I hear?

Aria:
Air:
Ah l'aria d'intorno
The air around me flashes and sparkles;
Lampeggia, sfavilla,
The perfidious earth quakes and trembles!
Ondeggia, vacilla
The deep night surrounds me with horror!
L'infido terren!
What baleful creatures, what furies are these?

Qual notte profonda
D'orror mi circonda!
Che larve funeste,
Che smanie son queste!
Che fiero spavento
Mi sento nel sen!

Composer

Franz Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert was an late Classical and early Romantic composer. He produced a vast oeuvre during his short life, composing more the 600 vocal works (largely Lieder), and well as several symphonies, operas, and a large body of piano music. He…

Poet

Pietro Metastasio

Pietro Antonio Domenico Trapassi, better known by his pseudonym of Pietro Metastasio, was an Italian poet and librettist, considered the most important writer of opera seria libretti. Metastasio was born in Rome, where his father, Felice Trapassi,…

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