Oh mille volte fortunato (Giovanni Piccioni)

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  • (Posted 2021-02-25)  CPDL #63157:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2021-02-25).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 324 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Oh mille volte fortunato
Composer: Giovanni Piccioni
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Guarini

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1602 in Il pastor fido; Il sesto libro di madrigali a cinque voci (Giovanni Piccioni), no. 8

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Oh mille volte fortunato,e mille
Chi nasce in tale stella!
Ascoltami, Mirtillo
(Quasi m'usci di bocca"anima mia"),
Una ninfa gentile,
Fra quante o spieghi al vento ò'n treccia annodi
Chioma d'oro leggiadra,
Degna de l'amor tuo,
Come se'tu del suo,
Onor di queste selve, amor di tutti i cori,
Dai più degni pastori
Invan sollecitata, invan seguita,
Te solo adora e ama
Più de la vita sua, più del suo core.

Il pastor fido (A3;S6;187;Mirtillo/Corisca)

English.png English translation

O blest a thousand times is he that's born
Under so kind a star!
Hear me, Mirtillo:
(I'd almost said my love!)-(aside)-A nymph as fair
As any one whose golden tresses float
Upon the wind, or in a knot are bound,
As worthy of thy love as thou of hers,
Pride of this grove, and love of every heart,
By every worthy swain in vain ador'd,
In vain solicited, loves thee alone
Better than life, more dearly than herself.

Translated by William Clapperton