Who Sang Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine? Eric Whitacre

Eric Whitacre Light and Gold cover art
Release information
Release Date: 2010-10-19
length: 8:41
recording engineer: Andrew Mellor
conductor: Eric Whitacre
choir vocals: Eric Whitacre Singers and Laudibus
Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine...
Tormented by visions of flight and falling,
More wondrous and terrible each than the last,
Master Leonardo imagines an engine
To carry a man up into the sun...

And as he's dreaming the heavens call him,
softly whispering their siren-song:
"Leonardo. Leonardo, vieni á volare". ("Leonardo. Leonardo, come fly".)

L'uomo colle sua congiegniate e grandi ale,
facciendo forza contro alla resistente aria.
(A man with wings large enough and duly connected
might learn to overcome the resistance of the air.)

Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine...

As the candles burn low he paces and writes,
Releasing purchased pigeons one by one
Into the golden Tuscan sunrise...

And as he dreams, again the calling,
The very air itself gives voice:
"Leonardo. Leonardo, vieni á volare". ("Leonardo. Leonardo, come fly".)

Vicina all'elemento del fuoco...
(Close to the sphere of elemental fire...)

Scratching quill on crumpled paper,

Rete, canna, filo, carta.
(Net, cane, thread, paper.)

Images of wing and frame and fabric fastened tightly.

...sulla suprema sottile aria.
(...in the highest and rarest atmosphere.)

Master Leonardo Da Vinci Dreams of his Flying Machine...
As the midnight watchtower tolls,
Over rooftop, street and dome,
The triumph of a human being ascending
In the dreaming of a mortal man.

Leonardo steels himself,
takes one last breath,
and leaps...

"Leonardo, Vieni á Volare! Leonardo, Sognare!" ("Leonardo, come fly! Leonardo, Dream!")

Charles Anthony Silvestri, 1965-present

  • 1 Lux Aurumque (Light and Gold)
  • 2 Five Hebrew Love Songs: Temuna (A Picture)
  • 3 Five Hebrew Love Songs: Kala Kalla (Light Bride)
  • 4 Five Hebrew Love Songs: Larov (Mostly)
  • 5 Five Hebrew Love Songs: Eyze Sheleg! (What Snow!)
  • 6 Five Hebrew Love Songs: Rakut (Tenderness)
  • 7 The Seal Lullaby
  • 8 A Boy and a Girl
  • 9 Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine
  • 10 Three Songs of Faith: i will wade out
  • 11 Three Songs of Faith: hope, faith, life, love
  • 12 Three Songs of Faith: i thank You God for most this amazing day
  • 13 The Stolen Child
  • 14 Water Night
  • 15 Nox Aurumque (Night and Gold)
  • 16 Sleep

  • Release information
    label: Decca Records
    country(area): United States
    script: Latin