Non al suo amante più Diana piacque (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2019-06-01)  CPDL #54432:       
Editor: Marcos Mato (submitted 2019-06-01).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 57 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Edited from the 1592 edition.
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General Information

Title: Non al suo amante più Diana piacque
Composer: Luca Marenzio
Lyricist: Francesco Petrarca

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1585 in Madrigali a quattro voci, libro primo, no. 6
    2nd published: 1591 in Melodia Olympica, no. 4

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Non al suo amante piú Dïana piacque,
quando per tal ventura tutta ignuda
la vide in mezzo de le gelide acque,

ch'a me la pastorella alpestra et cruda
posta a bagnar un leggiadretto velo,
ch'a l'aura il vago et biondo capel chiuda,

tal che mi fece, or quand'egli arde 'l cielo,
tutto tremar d'un amoroso gielo.

Canzoniere 52

English.png English translation

Diana was not more pleasing to her lover,
when by chance he saw her all naked
in the midst of icy waters,

than, to me, the fresh mountain shepherdess,
set there to wash a graceful veil,
that ties her vagrant blonde hair from the breeze,

so that she makes me, now that the heavens burn,
tremble, wholly, with the chill of love.

Translation by Anthony S. Kline ©