Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Nulla in mundo pax sincera RV 630

AnkeHermann 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
at occulto vulnere corda conficit;
fugiamus ridentem, vitemus sequentem,
has delicias ostentando arte secura
vellet ludendo superare.

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
inter flores
et colores
tegit fel.
A snake breathes
amongst the flowers
and while he uncoils
poison covers
the colours.
Sed occulto
tactus ore
homo demens
in amore
saepe lambit
quasi mel.
But, touched by the hidden
man, madly
in loves,
often licks
as if at honey.

Movement 4: Alleluia

Score available from here: Nulla in mundo (Antonio Vivaldi) – ChoralWiki

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