Del freddo Rheno (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2013-08-22)  CPDL #29920:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2013-08-22).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 83 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Del freddo Rheno
Composer: Orlando di Lasso

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATT
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1555 in Le quatoirsiesme livre a 4 parties, no. 1.1
    2nd published: 1560 in Madrigali a 4 voci, libro primo, no. 5.1
Description: This is the first part of the six-part madrigal set that opens Orlando di Lasso's first publication. The full set:

  1. Del freddo Rheno
  2. Ch'il credera
  3. Rotava et e pur ver
  4. Si fe cristallo
  5. Et io qual fui
  6. Hor su la nuda terra

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Original text and translations

See the text and translation for full poem at: Del freddo Rheno a la sinistra riva.

Italian.png Italian text

First stanza:
Del freddo Rheno, a la sinistra riva,
vidi angelett'andar per fiori e herbe,
ch'el cor m'accese di soave foco;
e per far mi cangiar pensier'e voce
mi scopers'il camin d'un alto stato,
tutt' amor, tutta gratia e tutta sole.

English.png English translation

First stanza:
From the cold Rhine, on the left bank,
I saw a little angel coming, through flowers and grass,
who inflamed my heart with a sweet fire:
and with a change in my thoughts and voice
I discovered a path to a higher state,
full of love, full of grace, and full of sunshine.