Rachmaninoff - Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14
  • Rachmaninoff - Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14
  • Anna Moffo

Anna Moffo - Rachmaninoff, Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14 is a song by Sergei Rachmaninoff, published in 1912 as the last of his Fourteen Songs, Opus 34. Written for voice (soprano or tenor) with piano accompaniment, it contains no words, and is usually sung entirely to the vowel “ah”. It was dedicated to soprano Antonina Nezhdanova.

Although the original publication stipulates that the song may be sung by either soprano or tenor voice, it is virtually never performed by a tenor as the male voice’s range (an octave lower than a soprano) would sound very odd in relation to the piano accompaniment. The range of the piece is high, going up to a high C-sharp (although Rachmaninoff offers an alternative version which only reaches high A).

Conducted by: Leopold Stokowski; Featuring Anna Moffo



Soprano Anna Moffo sings Manon’s ‘Adieu notre petite table’ from Massenet’s 'Manon.’  Live from the Met, 1963.

Such a lovely gem of longing.  Beautiful. 

  • Pastourelle
  • Canteloube
  • Anna Moffo• Villa-Lobos • Rachmaninof

Canteloube, Chants d'Auvergne - Pastourelle

Leopold Stokowski, American Symphony Orchestra

Anna Moffo, soprano


È passo dè dessaï!
È passo dellaï l'aïo!
Bendras olprès de ièu,
Què d'ofaïré parlorèn,
È lou restan del jiour
N'en parlorén d'amour!

Né pouodi pas passa!
Couci bouos qué iéu passi?
N'aï pas de pount d'arcados
È n'aï pas dè batéu,
Ni máï dè pastourel
Qué mè siasco fidèl!

Aurias léu un batéu
Sè tu èros poulido!
Aurias un pount d'arcados,
Aurias un pastourel
Qué té serio fidèl
È máï djusqu'al toumbel!

English translation :


“Oh, come here to me!
Come across the river!
Come to this side,
And we shall talk of serious things
And then for the rest of the day
We shall talk about love!”

“But I cannot get across!
Whatever shall I do?
 have no boat,
Nor bridge to cross the water;
Nor even a shepherd
To love me faithfully!”

“You would soon have a boat
Were you pretty!
You would have a vaulted bridge,
You would have a shepherd too
To love you faithfully
All your life!”


picture : still from La Jetée by Chris Marker


Anna Moffo looking gorgeous and singing the Jewel Song from Faust (which I am working on). Love her. Actually, I am a huge fan of the older generations for singers, they seem more fitted to my voice. Sigh.


This is what I want to be: a diva. Anna Moffo, RIP, you fearless diva. 


Soprano Anna Moffo sings ‘Tutte le feste’ from Verdi’s 'Rigoletto.’ Caro Nome gets a lot of attention, but I honestly think this aria is the true test of a Gilda.  Robert Merrill makes an appearance as Rigoletto. From this fabulous 1964 Rigoletto which I love so dearly.

Verdi, god, go be a genius somewhere else.