Non porta ghiaccio Aprile (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2023-04-21)  CPDL #73529:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2023-04-21).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 81 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: Non porta ghiaccio Aprile
Composer: Luca Marenzio
Lyricist: Annibale Pocaterra
Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SAATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1587 in Il quarto libro de madrigali a sei voci, no. 10

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Non porta ghiaccio Aprile
ma lieti e vaghi fiori,
O bellissima mia cruda Licori.
Deh come avvien che per mia sorte dura
cangi suo stil Natura,
e sua natura il Cielo,
miro in te sola, e sol in te discerno
viso di Primavera e cor di Verno.

English.png English translation

April brings not ice,
rather lovely and happy flowers,
O my most beautiful yet cruel Licori.
Oh, how does it happen by my hard fate
that Nature changes its essence,
and the Sky its nature,
I see in you alone, and only in you do I discern
a face of Spring and a heart of Winter.

Translation by Allen Garvin