Bella che tieni li capigli d'oro (Antonio Scandello)

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  • (Posted 2019-07-12)  CPDL #54757:         
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2019-07-12).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 76 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A semi-diplomatic edition. Note-values are as in the original. Though the Chiavetti cleffing suggests a transposition the piece is left in the original key. Ficta are added sparingly.

General Information

Title: Bella che tieni li capigli d'oro
Composer: Antonio Scandello

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1566 in El primo libro delle canzoni napoletane, no. 5

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Bella che tieni li capigli d'oro,
 chel tuo bel nome,
 dire non si puo
 meschino che faro besognara morire,
 chel non vederti
 non si puo sofrire

English.png English translation

Beauty with the golden hair,
 how beautiful is your name,
 Tell me why you can't
 have pitty on him who is about die
 when he can not see you
 who can't suffer any more.

NB. The translation is very raw and may be improved.