Scarpello si vedra di piombo (Perissone Cambio)

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  • (Posted 2015-01-11)  CPDL #34252:       
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2015-01-11).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 99 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Parts and source available at IMSLP.

General Information

Title: Scarpello si vedra di piombo
Composer: Perissone Cambio
Lyricist: Ludovico Ariosto from Orlando furioso, canto XLIV ottava 61

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1550 in Il segondo libro di madregali a cinque voci, no. 20
Description: This is the seconda parte of the madrigal 'Se pur fortuna a me'.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Scarpello si vedra di piombo, quale esser suole
da primavera alcuna volta il cielo,
quando la pioggia cade, e a un tempo il sole
si sgombra intorno il nubiloso velo.
E come il rosignuol dolci carole
mena nei rami alor del verde stelo,
cosi alle belle lagrime le piume
si bagna Amore, e gode al chiaro lume.

English.png English translation

Her face was such as sometimes in the spring
We see a doubtful sky, when on the plain
A shower descends, and the sun, opening
His cloudy veil, looks out amid the rain.
And as the nightingale then loves to sing
From branch of verdant stem her dulcet strain,
So in her beauteous tears his pinions bright
Love bathes, rejoicing in the chrystal light.

Translation by William Stewart Rose