La Virginella (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2021-08-30)  CPDL #65637:         
Editor: Gerd Eichler (submitted 2021-08-30).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 716 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from original print, Mensurstrich layout, original key signature and note values, clefs modernized, musica ficta clearly marked..
  • (Posted 2003-03-23)  CPDL #04675:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-03-23).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 118 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Jan 09.
Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: Minor errors in text underlay: inconsistent use of the Renaissance spelling "giovani" and the modernized spelling "gioveni"

General Information

Title: La Virginella
Composer: William Byrd
Lyricist: Ludovico Ariosto

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript 1580 in Dow Partbooks, no. 67
First published: 1588 in Psalmes, Sonnets and Songs, no. 24
Description: Byrd's setting of this and the following stanza in English may be found at The fair young virgin

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at La verginella è simile alla rosa.