Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
Text by Giuseppe Torre
L'Esule (The Exile) comes from Volume Three of a collection of songs entitled Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of old age), and was composed quite late in Rossini's career, between 1857 and 1868. It tells how the singer has been exiled, but is longing for Italy, his homeland, and even though he is in a sunny, green country with the sea and pretty maidens all about him, it is not his homeland, and he wishes it were.
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