L'orfeo (sv 318) (italian pronunciation: [lorˈfɛːo]), sometimes called la favola d'orfeo [la ˈfaːvola dorˈfɛːo], is a late renaissance/early baroque favola in musica, or opera, by claudio monteverdi, with a libretto by alessandro striggio. But both ‘possente spirto’ and orfeo itself are about much more than the mastery of traditional forms monteverdi was a leading advocate for what came to be known as the seconda pratica (second practice), a compositional process that sought to use music to further a story.
Possente spirito was written for an italian opera class that i attended in milan i thought it fit to end where be began, with the legend of orpheus i thought it fit to end where be began, with the legend of orpheus. Possente spirto, e formidabil nume (mighty spirit and formidable god) is a key aria from act 3 of claudio monteverdi's opera l'orfeo, where orpheus attempts to persuade charon to allow him to pass into hades and find euridice.
Lyrics for possente spirto by claudio monteverdi claudio monteverdi (powerful spirit) from l'orfeo time: 17th century opera based on: plot line: orpheus tries to save his wife eurydice for underworld but ends up looking back at her. Possente spirito your browser is not capable of displaying the audio tag for the file: possente spirito premiered at the università iulm, milan italy, 1996 possente spirito was written for an italian opera class that i attended in milan. Possente spirto: a florid aria built on a repeating bass see sourcebooks vol 1, p 52ff (original pagination) for the score and vol 2, p79 (original 831 modern in 2003 edition) for the italian poetry and english translation.
Monteverdi’s possente spirto is strophic insofar as it follows essentially the same harmonic outline in each charon (wikimedia commons) succeeding stanza the score includes two lines for orpheus, the one containing the outline of the recitative, the second one highly ornamented, with each verse more complex than its predecessor.
Claudio monteverdi (1567-1643) l'orfeo: act iii: possente spirto orfeo: anthony rolfe johnson john eliot gardiner: english baroque soloists, monteverdi choir.