Un dubbio verno (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2018-06-18)  CPDL #50181:         
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2018-06-18).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 298 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up one note from G-dorian.

General Information

Title: Un dubbio verno
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
Lyricist: Francesco Petrarca

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1585 in Madrigali novamente composti a 5 voci, no. 5
Description: Lassus based a setting of the Nunc dimittis on this madrigal.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Un dubbio verno, un instabil sereno,
È vostra fama e poca nebbia il rompe,
E'l gran tempo a gran nomi è gran veneno.
Passan vostri trionfi e vostre pompe,
Passan le signorie passano i regni,
Ogni cosa mortal, Tempo interrompe.
(Petrarch: Trionfo del Tempo, 109-114)

English.png English translation

Your fame is as a doubtful spring,
an unstable serene day, and a little cloud breaks it,
and great time is great venom to great names.
Your triumphs and your pomp pass,
lordships pass, kingdoms pass,
Time interrupts each mortal thing.