Vide Cor Meum by Patrick Cassidy

Anthony Hopkins as Dr Hannibal Lecter

Anthony Hopkins as Dr Hannibal Lecter

Vide Cor Meum is a beautifully haunting song composed by Irish composer, Patrick Cassidy based on Dante’s “La Vita Nuova”. This music was specifically composed for the movie Hannibal in 2001 and first appeared in a scene where Dr Hannibal Lecter was at an outdoor opera in Florence.

The lyrics for the song as sung in Italian / Latin and English are as follows:

Italian / Latin                                                               English

Chorus: E pensando di lei                                                  Chorus: And thinking of her Mi sopragiunse uno soave sonno                                            Sweet sleep overcame me

Ego dominus tuus                                                                I am your master
Vide cor tuum                                                                      See your heart
E d’esto core ardendo                                                          And of this burning heart
Cor tuum                                                                               Your heart
(Chorus: Lei paventosa)                                                      (Chorus: She trembling)
Umilmente pascea                                                                Obidiently eats
Appresso gir lo ne vedea piangendo                                  Weeping, I saw him then depart                                                                                                                                from me

La letizia si convertia                                                            Joy is converted
In amarissimo pianto                                                           To bitterest tears

Io sono in pace                                                                       I am in peace
Cor meum                                                                               My heart
Io sono in pace                                                                       I am in peace
Vide cor meum                                                                       See my heart

With such beautiful music, I too would have the voracious appetite of Dr Hannibal Lecter.

What for dinner tonight? A friend with a nice bottle of Chianti and fava beans?? Slither slurp.. :)

Listen to more of ChopinandMysaucepan‘s favourite music here.

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One Response to Vide Cor Meum by Patrick Cassidy

  1. Dominic M Conlon says:

    A beautiful composition ; after listening it prompted me to read the sonnet. Thank you.

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