Come raggio di sol (Antonio Caldara)

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  • (Posted 2016-01-04)  CPDL #38058:       
Editor: Angelina Figus (submitted 2016-01-04).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 101 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Arranged by Angelina Figus. for two voices, flute and guitar.
  • (Posted 2008-07-11)  CPDL #17509:  Network.png
Contributor: David Newman (submitted 2008-07-11).  Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 125 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Cross posting by Art Song Central. Various transpositions available.
  • (Posted 2002-08-28)  CPDL #03954:  Network.png
Editor: Eva Toller (submitted 2002-08-28).   Score information: 19.6 x 28.4 cm, 3 pages, 50 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Arranged by Eva Toller. for TTBB, midi files available for each part. All files are available on

General Information

Title: Come raggio di sol
Composer: Antonio Caldara

Number of voices: 1v   Voicings: Soprano solo or Bass solo
Genre: SecularAriaMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1885 in Anthology of Italian song, Book 1, no. 14

External websites:

Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Come raggio di sol, mite e sereno,
Sovra placidi flutti si riposa,
Mentre del mare nel profondo seno
Sta la tempesta ascosa.

Così riso talor gaio e pacato
Di contento, di gioia un labbro infiora,
Mentre nel suo segreto il cor piagato
S'angoscia e si martora.

English.png English translation

See how the sun's clear rays radiant and lustrous
dance and play on the billows gently surging while
far below them buried deep and sunless a hidden
tempest is raging even so tho'on my face a smile
be creeping sweet contentment a mask of pure
enjoyment while in its secret chambers the
heart lies weeping in grief and woe and torment.