Vivaldi’s motet Nulla in mundo pax sincera (RV630) is an early motet written for the Pietà. As well as being a beautiful piece of music it’s interesting because it was written for a soprano capable of singing in a very high range (from E above middle C to the B a twelfth higher) and because its opening aria has an ‘A’ section in three as opposed to two vocal periods Vivaldi uses the accompaniment to portray a feeling of the peace gained by trusting in Jesus. The second movement (Blando colore …) is a characterised by some wonderully ornate flights of arioso virtuosity warning of worldly snares. This is followed by an aria (Spirat anguis …) in which Vivaldi depicts a snake lying in wait to ensnare the unwary. After all of these blows restores our confidence Vivaldi dishes up a wonderful Alleluia in which the voice takes on the violins in a trial of musical dexterity and wins. It’s sung below by soprano Anke Herrmann, accompanied by the Academia Montis Regalis Ensemble conducted by Alessandro De Marchi. Enjoy :-).
Video Source: ▶ Vivaldi Motet Nulla in mundo pax sincera in E major, RV630 by Anke Herrmann – YouTube Uploaded on 1 Feb 2012 by whomakemefeel
Text, Latin to English Translation, and Score: Nulla in mundo pax sincera RV630
Movement 1: Nulla in mundo pax sincera
|Nulla in mundo pax sincera |
sine felle, pura et vera,
dulcis Jesu, est in te.
|There is no unblemished peace in the world |
without poison, but pure and true
it is found in you, sweet Jesus.
|Inter poenas et tormenta |
vivit anima contenta
casti amoris sola spe.
|Amongst punishments and torments, |
the soul lives contented
by the single hope of pure love.
Movement 2: Blando colore oculos mundus decepit
Blando colore oculos mundus decepit
|The world deceives our eyes with its charming colours, |
but it destroys hearts with a hidden wound.
Let us flee the mocker, evade the pursuer,
by showing his delights with cunning skill
he aims to triumph by leading us astray.
Movement 3: Spirat anguis
|Spirat anguis |
|A snake breathes |
amongst the flowers
and while he uncoils
|Sed occulto |
|But, touched by the hidden |
as if at honey.
Movement 4: Alleluia
|Score available from here: Nulla in mundo (Antonio Vivaldi) – ChoralWiki|