Rotava et e pur ver (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2013-08-22)  CPDL #29923:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2013-08-22).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 83 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Rotava et e pur
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. 1.3
    2nd published: 1560 in Madrigali a 4 voci, libro primo, no. 5.3
Description: This is the third 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

Third stanza:
Rotava, et e pur ver, di puro foco,
il volto amor nell'uno e l'altro sole;
da sirena di dio sciolse la voce,
mass' il passo da dea per quella riva,
risa al suo riso l'aria, e uscir dell'herbe,
fiati e sospiri in più tranquillo stato.

English.png English translation

Third stanza:
She turned, and, this is true, with purest fire
her loving face shone on both riverbanks;
like a divine siren she lifted her voice,
and moved with godlike steps on yonder bank,
the air laughed to her laugh, and from the grass
a breath and sigh came, in most tranquil state.