Amor è vitiosa e ingorda voglia (Iacopo Corfini)

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  • (Posted 2021-06-16)  CPDL #64793: 
    • Original pitch:        
    • Transposed down a fourth because of the chiavette used:        
Editor: Gerhard Weydt (submitted 2021-06-16).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 153 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Amor è vitiosa e ingorda voglia
Composer: Iacopo Corfini
Lyricist: Giovambatista Lapinicreate page
Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1575 in Primo libro de madrigali a sei voci, no. 18
Description: Giovambatista Lapini wrote some poems „a contrapposizione di Bembo“ for Laura Piccolomini de‘ Turchi; for most of them the connection with Bembo seems more subtle, but in this case he used the same rhymes and many of the words, but reverted the meaning. Corfini set both versions to music, see Amor è gratiosa e dolce voglia for the setting of Bembo‘s poem.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Amor è vitiosa e‘ngorda voglia
Che con viltà le basse menti affrena;
Amor d‘ogni bontà l‘anime spoglia
Et le trahe di diletto e mette in pena;
Amor l‘altere menti ir basso invoglia
E‘nfosca e turba ogni mente serena;
Amor aduggia il buon seme fecondo,
Et egli in somma è quel che guasta il mondo.

German.png German translation

Die Liebe ist Laster und Lüsternheit,
die mit Niedertracht die niederen Geister ergreift,
die Liebe entfernt aus den Seelen jegliche Güte
und führt sie weg von der Freude und hin zur Qual;
die Liebe lässt erhabene Geister hinabsteigen
und trübt und verwirrt jeden heiteren Geist;
die Liebe verdunkelt die gute fruchtbare Saaat,
und letztlich ist sie es, die die Welt verdirbt.

Translation by Gerhard Weydt
English.png English translation

Love is vice and lechery,
that seizes the low-minded by meanness,
love deprives the souls of all goodness
and leads them away from joy and puts them into pain;
love makes sublime spirits step down low
and blurs and confounds every serene mind;
love obscures the good fertile seed,
and in the end it’s the one that spoils the world.

Translation by Gerhard Weydt