DESCRIPTION A young man just out of college records his thoughts in verse as he visits Italy for the first time, the land of his ancestors: Where Bernini and nature, with lira from Este, created a palace of fountains and flowers.. But the reality of time and its inevitable mark on all is contemplated in this short, poignant work for chorus. For springs run dry, and so do summers..
Villa d' Este was drafted in 1976 and completed in 1980. The premiere performance was at Bennington College in 1981 under the direction of Randall Neal
Past vias of tourists and armies of vendors,
Timeless beauty seeps from the garden. Where Bernini and nature with lira from Este,
Created a palace of fountains and flowers.
Gods and goddesses, sepents and Satan
Stone-faced and yet with eternal expressions,
Rule with scepters of liquid crystal,
Certain their power will last forever.
And yet behind boards and seasons of ivy,
Long unattended by royal caretakers,
Neptune ironically stands in banishment
Clinging to horses with no place to go.
Yesterday's reigns, a broken chariot,
For springs run dry, and so do summers. -Michael Napolillo