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Sing a song (#MFRWAuthor)

Published August 24, 2018 by francesothomas

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I’m a singer, so this week’s theme of “what’s my theme song” could have gone in any one of several directions. I actually resorted to asking my husband. He helpfully made the choice for me–“that song you sing all the time, but I don’t know what it is.”

Aha!I know what it is. “Vittoria, Mio Core.” This is an Italian art song by Giacomo Carissimi that I have used successfully for more than one audition. I first learned it years ago when I was taking voice lessons. I liked it then and like it still. My husband is right. I do occasionally break into it at odd times.

It begins with these words:

Vittoria, mio core!
Non lagrimar più,
È sciolta d’Amore
La vil servitù.

In English, this is:

Victory, my heart!
Weep no longer,
[You] are free of love [and]
Its abject slavery.

For your listening pleasure, here is a rendition by the incomparable Cecilia Bartoli. How I wish I could sing it a fraction as beautifully as she does.

For some other theme songs of fellow authors, go here.

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