L'aer gravato (Jacques Arcadelt)

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  • (Posted 2020-12-24)  CPDL #62078:   
Editor: Mick_Swithinbank (submitted 2020-12-24).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 44 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a tone. Corrected file posted 24 December 2020.

General Information

Title: L'aer gravato
Composer: Jacques Arcadelt

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1558
Description: A short song with a text by Petrarch. The original clefs were C1, C3, C3, C4.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

L'aere gravato, et l'importuna nebbia
compressa intorno da rabbiosi venti
tosto conven che si converta in pioggia;
et già son quasi di cristallo i fiumi,
e 'n vece de l'erbetta per le valli
non se ved'altro che pruine et ghiaccio.

English.png English translation

The heavy air, and the oppressive cloud,
compressed on all sides by the raging winds,
will quickly be converted into rain:
and already part-crystal are the rivers,
and where there was grass in the valleys
there's nothing to be seen but frost and ice.
Translation by AS Kline