‘May the winds be gentle…’

In literally three minutes’ time I will be in bed; but I don’t want to go without posting something connected with an anniversary I heard about a few hours ago…

For it was on this day — 26 January — back in 1790, that the world saw and heard the first performance of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte (in full: Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti; meaningful translation: ‘Women Are Like That, or the School for Lovers’), K. 588.

Maybe you know it; maybe you don’t. Maybe you’d like to know it; maybe you wouldn’t.

Whichever is the case, I want to post its Overture…

… and the Act I Trio with the title Soave sia il vento‘…

May the winds be gentle,
May the waves be calm,
And may every one of the elements
Respond warmly
To our (your) desire…

Wikipedia reminds us that, throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, the opera’s subject matter was considered “risqué, vulgar, and even immoral”. Let’s not worry about why: let’s simply remind ourselves that words like ‘risqué’, ‘vulgar’ and ‘immoral’ are not seldom applied to the deepest, clearest and most fearless art — before its depth, clarity and fearlessness are fully appreciated…

Goodnight.

MD

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