Fra piu bei fiori (Jacques Arcadelt)

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  • (Posted 2020-03-31)  CPDL #57802:         
Editor: Walker Boyle (submitted 2020-03-31).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 142 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Original note values halved, transcribed from 1558 Gardano edition of Il primo libro di madrigali a 4. All ficta marked, any accidentals are as written in the original.

General Information

Title: Fra piu bei fiori
Composer: Jacques Arcadelt

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1539 in Il primo libro de' madrigali a 4 voci, no. 1.56

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Fra piu bei fiori che mai creass'il cielo
Havea teso madonn'un laccio d'oro
E coperto il tenea di varie frondi
Ond'io ch'agliocchi havea d'amor'il velo
Corsi per corre'l fior ch'io sol honoro
E stendendo la man non viddi d'onde
Cosi mi cinse'al coll'un forte laccio
Ch'a rimembrar l'ogn'hor trem'et agghiaccio.

English.png English text

Among the most beautiful flowers that heaven ever created,
My lady had stretched a golden snare,
And covered it with various leaves,
So I, who had the veil of love on my eyes,
Ran to chase the flower that I alone honor,
And reaching out my hand, I didn't see from where
I was thus bound around the neck by a strong noose,
That at the memory of it, I tremble and shiver every hour.