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The Mapleson Cylinders - Program Notes

- Libretti
- Verdi: AIDA [Includes RealAudio Selections]
- Band 6 [RealAudio available]

raster Band 6   [Click to Listen]

Act I, Scene 2: Temple Scene excerpt : "Ah! Ah! noi t'invochiamo" ... "onde ebbe luce il sol, ah! ah! noi [t'invochiamo!]"

Marguerite Marilly (s), Priestess

Marcel Journet (bs), Ramfis

Metropolitan Opera Chorus & Orchestra--

Luigi Mancinelli

January 31, 1903

[Slip; Glackens 19: "This is some of Priestess offstage...magnificently clear...Too bad Ternina never had an offstage part!" At the beginning of the cylinder is the introduction to Arditi's Parla Vals; see Side 12/Band 5. This cylinder was cracked and missing a segment, which was fortunately still in the container and could be held in position with the help of rubber

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bands and tape. By recording in three segments, it was possible to recover everything except a short passage (marked in the Italian text).]

In the temple of Vulcan at Memphis, a priestess invokes the god.

[original]

HIGH PRIESTESS

[Possente, possente Fth,
del mondo spirito animator,] Simultaneous singing begins
ah! ah! noi t'invochiamo!

PRIESTESSES
Noi t'invochiamo! Simultaneous singing ends

RAMFIS and PRIESTS
Tu che dal nulla hai tratto
l'onde, la terra, il ciel,
noi t'invochiamo!

HIGH PRIESTESS
Immenso, immenso Fth,
del mondo spirto fecondator, Simultaneous singing begins
ah! ah! noi t'invochiamo!

PRIESTESSES
Noi t'invochiamo! Simultaneous singing ends

RAMFIS and PRIESTS
Nume che del tuo spirito
sei figlio e [ missing section begins→ ] genitor,
noi t'invochiamo! [ ←missing section ends ]]

HIGH PRIESTESS
Fuoco increato, eterno,
onde ebbe luce il sol,
ah! ah! noi [t'invochiamo!]

[translation]

HIGH PRIESTESS

Almighty, almighty Phtha,
animating spirit of the world, Simultaneous singing begins
ah! ah! we call upon Thee!

PRIESTESSES
We call upon Thee! Simultaneous singing ends

RAMFIS and PRIESTS
Thou who made from nothing
the waters, the earth, the heavens,
we call upon Thee!

HIGH PRIESTESS
Great, great Phtha,
fructifying spirit of the world, Simultaneous singing begins
ah! ah! we call upon Thee!

PRIESTESSES
We call upon Thee! Simultaneous singing ends

RAMFIS and PRIESTS
God who of thy spirit
art both son and father.
we call upon Thee!

HIGH PRIESTESS
Increate, eternal flame,
whence the sun took light,
ah! ah! we call upon Thee!


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