Si fe cristallo (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2013-08-22)  CPDL #29924:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2013-08-22).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 74 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Si fe cristallo
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. 1.4
    2nd published: 1560 in Madrigali a 4 voci, libro primo, no. 5.4
Description: This is the fourth 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

Fourth stanza:
Si fe cristallo il fiume e'n tale stato,
scorse fin giù nel fond'il chiaro foco
e adorno di smeraldi in vece d'herbe
adorò con le nimphe il nuovo sole
io'l so ch'il vidi, e'l San l'onde e la riva
ch'anno da indi in qua concento e voce.

English.png English translation

Fourth stanza:
The river turned into crystal, and in this state
its clearest flames flowed all the way down,
adorned with emeralds instead of grass,
I adored with the nymphs the new sun:
I know who I beheld, and the saint of waves and shore
from that year forth there gave harmony and voice.