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Roman Sketches

Roman Sketches, Op.7

The four Roman Sketches Op.7 are impressionistic in nature and were first published in 1917. Each piece is inspired and prefaced by an extract from poems by the British poet William Sharp (1855-1905) from his collection "Sospiri di Roma".

The White Peacock
Pale, pale as the breath of blue smoke in far woodlands.
Here, as the breath, as the soul of this beauty,
White as a cloud through the heats of the noontide
Moves the White Peacock.

Nightfall (Al far della notte)
The long day is over.
Dusk, and silence now:
And Night, that is as dew
On the Flower of the World.

The Fountain of the Acqua Paola
Shimmering lights
As through the Aurora's
Wild polar fires
Flashed in thy happy bubbles, died in thy foam.

Mountainous glories,
They move superbly;
Crumbling so slowly,
That none perceives when
The golden domes
Are sunk in the valleys
Of fathomless snow.
1 The White Peacock 5:15 Hart, M./a>.
3 The Fountain of the Acqua Paola 3:55 Budd, M.
Jan 8, 2016
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