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04/26/2017

New ICAMus Video is Online: "The Voice of Faithful Love" by Anthony Philip Heinrich.

A charming voice that is heard from the American musical past. A new ICAMus video is published on the Center's YouTube Channel. Anthony Philip Heinrich (1781-1861), The Voice of Faithful Love (1832). From the April 4, 2017 concert in Florence, Villa Bardini, At the Origins of art Music for the Flute in North America. A Program of Early American Music, 1800-1858. A projectc by Aloma Bardi. Myung San Ko, soprano: Viola Shaula Valerio, flute; Anna Toccafondi, piano and ensemble direction. Modern première performance & recording. The concert was a collaboration of ICAMus with Conservatorio di Musica "Luigi Cherubini" di Firenze and Villa-Museo Bardini. Video by Yoon Kyu Yoon.

FIND DETAILED INFORMATION ON THIS EARLY AMERICAN MUSIC PROGRAM HERE. SONGS TEXTS AND TRANSLATIONS, AND A PROGRAM NOTE ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FOR DOWLOAD (PDF) HERE.

 

Soprano Myung San Ko performing Anthony Philip Heinrich's The Voice of Faithful Love in Florence, Villa Bardini, April 4, 2017. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, and born into a prominent musical family, Myung San Ko is a graduate in Voice and in Vocal Chamber Music at the Conservatorio di Musica “Luigi Cherubini” of Florence, where she is attending a Master’s Program in Vocal Studies. The Early American Music concert on April 4, 2017 marks her first performance with ICAMus, within the newly established affiliation between the Center and the Florence Music Conservatory.
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ANTHONY PHILIP HEINRICH (1781-1861)

The Voice of Faithful Love

Song per voce, flauto e pianoforte; pubblicato in fascicolo nel 1832; conservato nello Scrap Book del compositore, fogli 1075a-1078; lo Scrap Book è una vasta raccolta-archivio in cui Heinrich rilegò, in un volume miscellaneo di grandissimo formato, sue composizioni, ritagli di giornale, programmi concertistici, corrispondenza.

Testo: William Gaspey

Versione italiana: Aloma Bardi

 

There is a voice which I have heard

   In pleasure and in pain;

Beneath the lowly cottage porch,

   Before the sacred fane;

I’ve listened to it in the vale

   When Luna gleams above

And ever have I joyed to hear

   The voice of faithful love.

 

When sorrows overcome the heart

   And dim the eye with tears

And idle mirth no joy can add

   To charm maturer years,

There is a tone which cannot fail

   The sternest soul to move—

Oh! never vainly should appeal

   The voice of faithful love.

 

In life’s departing moments, when

   The phantom hope has flown

And friends desert the couch of death,

   I shall not be alone:

For in that awful hour, a strain

   Remembered long shall rove

Around my spirit, which shall hail

   The voice of faithful love.

 

 

La voce dell’amor costante

 

Vi è una voce che ho udito

   nel piacere e nel dolore;

sotto la modesta verandina,

   innanzi alla sacra cappella;

l’ho ascoltata nella valle

   quando Luna splende in cielo

e sempre ho gioito di udire

   la voce dell’amor costante.

 

Quando i dolori affliggono il cuore

   e di lacrime offuscano lo sguardo

e vana allegrezza non produce gioia

   per il piacere dell’età avanzata,

vi è un suono che non può mancare

   di commuovere l’anima più dura...

Oh, mai potrà chiamarci invano

      la voce dell’amor costante.

 

Nel separarci dalla vita, quando

   si è involata ogni speranza vana

e gli amici rifuggono il letto di morte,

   non sarò comunque solo:

in quell’ora tremenda, un canto

   di antica memoria aleggerà

sul mio spirito, che invocherà

   la voce dell’amor costante.

 

Soprano Myung San Ko performing Anthony Philip Heinrich's The Voice of Faithful Love in Florence, Villa Bardini, April 4, 2017.

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The April 4, 2017 ICAMus program marked the inauguration of the Affiliation Agreement between the Center and the Music Conservatory of Florence, stipulated to pursue common educational and research projects focusing on American music of the past and the present time.