Cosi soave stile (Felice Anerio)

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  • (Posted 2022-10-29)  CPDL #71315:         
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2022-10-29).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 333 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: a semi-diplomatic edition: Scores for the voices (both untransposed and transposed down a fifth), the intavolation for gravicembalo and the intavolation for lute (both in the Italian tablature and in French tablature). The underlay of the second verse is editorial as the source prints this verse separately after all the music staves.

General Information

Title: Cosi soave stile
Composer: Felice Anerio
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1591 in Canzonette a quattro voci (ed. Simone Verovio), no. 2
    2nd published: 1597 in Canzonette a quattro voci (Giacomo Vincenti), no. 5
Description: The source, Simone Verovios Canzonette à Quatro voci... 1591, prints the voice parts, an intavolation for Gravicembalo and an intavolation for lute (in italian tablature). The Voices are notated in chiavetti (g, g, c2 and c3) and though a performance with female voices is possible the parts should probably be transposed down by singing in a lower key. The Gravicembalo intavolation is acctualy a fifth lower than the voice parts. The Lute intavolation would also be a fifth lower when played on the common lute in g.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Cosi soave stile
  Fuori di scaccia ogni pensier piu vile
  Cinthia sentendo intorno
  Corre lasciando la faretra e'l corno
  E di cerva seguir dama o cinghiale
  Suo primiero desir mette in non cale.

Cosi dolce harmonia
  Cosi bone alternata melodia
  Imagin son vere
  Dol raggirar delle celesti sfere
  Che girando la su' co' suoi concenti
  Fav che godan quà giù li Sumano monti.