Reflections on modern culture, America, the progress of reason and freedom, and on any other subject of interest to me.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
My favorite duet from my favorite opera. Sull'aria, from The Marriage of Figaro, by Mozart. The ladies are Kiri Te Kanawa and Ileana Cotrubas.
Sull'aria . . . On the breeze . . . Che soave zeffiretto . . . What a gentle zephyr . . . Zeffiretto . . . Zephyr . . . Questa sera spirera! Will sigh this evening! Questa sera spirera . . . Will sigh this evening . . . Sotto i pini del boschetto. Beneath the pine grove. Sotto i pini? Beneath the pines? Sotto i pini del boschetto . . . Beneath the pine grove . . . Ei gia il resto capira. He will understand the rest. Certo, certo il capira. Certainly, he'll understand. Ei gia il resto capira. He will understand the rest. Canzonetta sull'aria . . . etc. Little tune on the breeze . . . etc.
The views expressed on Edelweiss are my own, and do not represent an official position of Objectivism or of Ayn Rand. I recommend Ayn Rand's writings to learn about her philosophy first hand. You will be amply rewarded for your efforts.
"Edelweiss, edelweiss, Every morning you greet me. Small and white, Clean and bright, You look happy to meet me. Blossom of snow May you bloom and grow, Bloom and grow forever. Edelweiss, edelweiss, Bless my homeland forever."
"It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace--but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" Patrick Henry, 1775