O giovenil ardire (Alessandro Striggio)

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  • (Posted 2022-03-26)  CPDL #68554:         
Editor: Gerhard Weydt (submitted 2022-03-26).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 146 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: O giovenil ardire
Composer: Alessandro Striggio
Number of voices: 10vv   Voicing: SATTB.STTBB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1590 Dialoghi musicali (Angelo Gardano), no. 48

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

O giovenil ardire
Folle, che con liev’arme e minor forza
La durissima scorza
Di tanti mostri e si feri si sforza
non pur hoggi ferire,
Ma disfar, vien pur, lasso,
Tu non conduci in qua troppo il tuo passo.

German.png German translation

O irrwitzige jugendliche Verwegenheit,
die mit leichten Waffen und geringer Macht
die härteste Haut
von so vielen und so wilden Ungeheuern sich bemüht
nicht nur nun zu verwunden,
sondern zu zerstören, komm nur, ach,
du wirst hier kaum eindringen können.

Translation by Gerhard Weydt
English.png English translation

O foolish youthful boldness,
that with light arms and weak strength
the hardest skin
of so many and fierce monsters endeavours
not only now to wound,
but to destroy, come on, alas,
you won’t have much chance to step in here.

Translation by Gerhard Weydt