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I Gondolieri (1857)

I Gondolieri

Voghiam sull'agil vela,
bello risplende il cielo,
la luna è senza velo,
senza tempesta il mar.
Vogar, posar sul prato;
al gondoliere è dato
fra i beni, il ben maggior.
Non cal se brilla il sole,
o mesta appar la luna,
ognor sulla laguna
il gondoliere è Re.

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Gioachino Antonio Rossini was an Italian composer, who was know for his 39 operas, as well as his songs, chamber music, and piano pieces. Despite setting new standards for opera, he gave up large-scale composition in his thirties, focusing instead on pieces for voice, choir, piano, and chamber ensembles.

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