Nella Fantasia

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"Nella Fantasia"
Song by Sarah Brightman
English title In My Fantasy
Published 1998
Composer Ennio Morricone
Lyricist Chiara Ferraù
Language Italian

"Nella Fantasia" ("In My Fantasy") is a song sung in Italian based on the theme "Gabriel's Oboe" from the film The Mission (1986). With music by composer Ennio Morricone and lyrics by Chiara Ferraù, "Nella Fantasia" is popular among classical crossover singers, and was originally released in 1998 by Sarah Brightman. It has since been covered by various artists.

Origin[edit]

"Nella Fantasia" first appeared on Sarah Brightman's album Eden (1998). A music video for the song was released on Brightman's Diva – The Video Collection DVD in 2006 and the song sold 2 million digital copies in South Korea.[citation needed] On the March 1999 video recording of her "One Night in Eden" concert, when introducing the song, she said:[1]

My next song was originally an instrumental written by the composer Ennio Morricone for the film The Mission. About three years ago I wrote to Mr. Morricone, asking whether he would give me permission to turn this particular piece into a song. He flatly refused. So every two months I would send yet another begging letter, until I think he became so sick of me that he finally relented. And I am really glad that he did, because I think it works beautifully as a song.

Lyricist[edit]

In the liner notes of Eden, the lyricist of the song was named as "Ferraù". However, it has been suggested on the fansite Sarahbrightman.co.uk that the Italian lyrics of the song were written by Brightman herself.[2] It is possible that Brightman wrote the lyrics of the song in English and they were translated into Italian by Ferraù. Confusingly, the liner notes of Brightman's subsequent album The Very Best of 1990–2000 (2001), which also featured the song, state that the composers of the song were Berta Ferraud and Ennio Morricone.[1] It may be that "Berta" is a nickname and "Ferraud" a misspelling of "Ferraù."

Lyrics[edit]

Nella fantasia io vedo un mondo giusto,
Lì tutti vivono in pace e in onestà.
Io sogno d'anime che sono sempre libere,
Come le nuvole che volano,
Pien' d'umanità in fondo all'anima.

In my fantasy I see a just world
Where all live in peace and honesty
I dream of souls that are always free
Like clouds that soar
Full of humanity in the depths of the soul.

Nella fantasia io vedo un mondo chiaro
Lì anche la notte è meno oscura.
Io sogno d'anime che sono sempre libere,
Come le nuvole che volano.
Pien' d'umanità.

In my fantasy I see a bright world
Where every night there is less darkness
I dream of souls that are always free
Like clouds that soar
Full of humanity.

Nella fantasia esiste un vento caldo,
Che soffia sulle città, come amico.
Io sogno d'anime che sono sempre libere,
Come le nuvole che volano,
Pien' d'umanità in fondo all'anima.

In my fantasy exists a warming wind
That breathes into the city, like a friend
I dream of souls that are always free
Like clouds that soar
Full of humanity in the depths of the soul.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b van Geffen, Jos (2006-12-11). "Sarah Brightman – Nella Fantasia". Home page of Jos van Geffen. Retrieved 2007-04-21. 
  2. ^ Brito, Andrés (2001–2002). "Little Facts About Sarah Brightman : Nella Fantasia". Sarahbrightman.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2007-10-29. Retrieved 2007-04-21.  In a review of a Sarah Brightman concert at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts on 14 September 1999, Philip Anderson wrote that "'Nella Fantasia'... was inspired by an instrumental soundtrack for the film, 'The Mission', which Sarah had begged the composer to allow her to put lyrics to": Anderson, Philip (1999). "Sarah Brightman : September 14, 1999 – San Jose Center for the Performing Arts – San Jose, CA". KAOS2000 Magazine. Retrieved 2007-04-21.