Cantavan quatro legiadrette Ninfe (Jean de Castro)

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  • (Posted 2019-02-11)  CPDL #53238:     
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2019-02-11).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 119 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: Cantavan quatro legiadrette Ninfe
Composer: Jean de Castro

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SSA
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1591 in Rose fresche, no. 1–2

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Cantavan quattro legiadrette Ninfe,
in sì soavi accenti
ch'acquetarono il mar fermar i venti
quando appresso le belle
Damon s'assise,
e raddoppiò i concenti,
spargend'il suon in queste parti e'n quelle.

Onde io per meglio udire
così grata armonia,
v'accorsi vidi m'altro desire;
Sento da quel de pria
che libero v'andai preso ritorno
dal dolce canto d'una Ninfa adorno.

English.png English translation

Four graceful nymphs were singing
in such sweet tones
so as to calm the seas, to still the winds;
When near the beautiful ones
Damon seated himself, and redoubled their harmony
spreading the sound far and wide.

Thus I, the better to hear
such pleasant harmony,
I rushed there, and saw nothing else I evermore desired:
I went freely, but I return captive,
of the sweet song of a beautiful Nymph.

Translation by Allen Garvin