A quand'a quand' havea una vicina (Adrian Willaert)

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  • (Posted 2015-01-12)  CPDL #34278:       
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2015-01-12).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 80 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Parts and source available at IMSLP.

General Information

Title: A quand'a quand' havea una vicina

Composer: Adrian Willaert

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SAAT
Genre: SecularVillanella

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1542 in Madrigali a quatro voce libro primo (Girolamo Scotto), no. 34
    2nd published: 1545 in Canzone villanesche alla napolitana, no. 11
    3rd published: 1563 in Madrigali a quattro voci (Adrian Willaert), no. 24

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

A quand' a quand' havea una vicina
Ch'er' a vedere la stella Diana.
Tu tu la vedevi.
Tu tu li parlavi.
Beato te se la basciavi tu.

Che veramente pare una regina
Ch'ogni uno ne faria inamorare.
Tu tu la vedevi ...

Mo mi credeva stare stare contento
Et trovomi le mani pien di vento.
Tu tu la vedevi ...

English.png English translation

Once, once, I had a neighbor
Who looked like the star Diana.
You saw her.
You talked to her.
Blessed are you if you kissed her.

Truly she seemed a queen
That made everyone fall in love.
You saw her ...

At the moment I believed I was content
I found myself empty handed.
You saw her ...

Translation by Agarvin