Tasso Songs

Had a recording session at the University of South Carolina with some fabulously talented musicians, where 8 songs of mine were recorded. Here’s “Ecco mormorar l’onde” (now the waves murmur) – a poem by the Italian Renaissance giant Torquato Tasso. Sung in Italian (translation below).

Ecco mormorar l’onde
Now the waves murmur
And the boughs and the shrubs tremble
In the morning breeze
And on the green branches the pleasant birds
Sing softly
And the east smiles;
Now dawn already appears
And mirrors herself in the sea
And makes the sky serene
And the gentle frost impearls the fields
And gilds the high mountains;
O beautiful and gracious Aurora
The breeze is your messenger, and you the breezeā€™s
Which revives each burnt-out heart.