Asia felice (Andrea Gabrieli)
- Editor: Lewis Jones (submitted 2010-05-24). Score information: A4, 10 pages, 84 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Down a fourth according to the rules of chiavette transposition. This madrigal is likely for two four part choirs, choir 1 (AATBar) sing part 1, choir 2 (TTBarB) sings part 2 and both choirs sing part 3 (ATBarB).
- Editor: Steven Langley Guy (submitted 2003-10-22). Score information: A4, 11 pages, 92 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes:
Title: Asia felice
Composer: Andrea Gabrieli
First published: 1589 in Madrigali et ricercari a 4 voci, no. 15–17
Description: These pieces were almost certainly written for the celebration after the naval Battle of Lepanto and the victory over the Ottomans in 1571. Each piece, describing the continents Asia, Africa and Europe, features a different cleffing (G2,G2,C2,C4; C1,C2,C3,F3; and G2,C2,C3,F3 respectively) and mensuration. Iain Fenlon believes it likely these were each sung by three separate choirs, followed by a now-lost fourth piece that would have been scored a 12.
Original text and translations
Asia felice hor ben posso chiamarmi
I, Asia, can call myself happy with good reason,