Quell' augellin che canta (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2022-04-03)  CPDL #68727:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2022-04-03).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 69 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2020-02-28)  CPDL #57269:         
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2020-02-28).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 89 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1595 print. Original key (chiavi naturali) and note values. An obvious error of the 1595 print has been corrected (Basso, bar 42 the first minim in the source is A which we have corrected to G.) In bar 39 we put the sharp sign before the D in the Quinto. As is general practice in Marenzio's time, when the same note is repeated, the accidental is put only before the first note. The only confusing thing is that the last D comes in a new system in the source and has no sharp sign before it. Nevertheless, we think this note should be D sharp.
  • (Posted 2012-10-26)  CPDL #27491:         
Editor: Gerd Eichler (submitted 2012-10-26).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 77 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #27481. Mensural notation, original key and note values, clefs modernized.
Last Revised: 28/10/12.
  • (Posted 2012-10-24)  CPDL #27481:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-10-24).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 59 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #235, with corrections.
Last Revised: 25/02/17
  • (Posted 2008-02-14)  CPDL #15978:         
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2008-02-14).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 39 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 1999-03-15)  CPDL #00235:   
Editor: Gordon J. Callon (submitted 1999-03-15).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 321 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Quell'augellin che canta
Composer: Luca Marenzio

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1595 in Il settimo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 2

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Quell'augellin, che canta
Sì dolcemente e lascivetto vola
Hor da l'abete al faggio,
Ed hor dal faggio al mirto.
S'avesse umano spirto,
Direbbe: Ardo d'amor, ardo d'amore!
Ma ben arde nel core
E parla in sua favella
Sì che l'intende il suo dolce desio.
Ed odi a punto, O Tirsi,
il suo dolce desio
Che gli risponde: Ardo d'amor anch'io!

English.png English translation

That little bird which sings
So sweetly and gaily flies
Now from the fir to the beech tree
And now from the beech to the myrtle.
If he had a human mind,
Would say: I burn with love, I burn with love!
But in his heart he burns indeed
And speaks in his language
In such guise that his beloved understands him.
And, Tirsi, hear how his beloved
responds to him: I too am burning with love!

Translation by Mick Swithinbank