Alla lapia calia (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • CPDL #20003:         
Editor: Juliane Claudi (submitted 2009-08-20).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 16 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Alla lapia calia
Composer: Orlando di Lasso

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Languages: Neapolitan, Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1581 in Libro de villanelle, moresche et altre canzoni, no. 16

Description: This music genre is called "Moresca" : the characters are black people from Africa taken to the Kindgom of Napoli (in South Italy) as slaves or house servants. The language is a mix of original African words, gibberish and Neapolitan.

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Original text and translations

Neapolitan.png Neapolitan text

Alla lapia calia,
Siamo, siamo, siamo bernaguala
Tanbilililili, Tanbilili.
Schinchina bacu, santa gamba,
Gli, gli, pampana calia.
Cian, cian, nini gua gua, ania catuba,
(Chi linguacina bacu lapia clama gurgh)
Hehe… haha… hoho!
Cucanacalia rite apice scututuni
la pia piche,
Berlinguaminu charachire.
Et non gente gnam gnam gnam gnam gnam
Ch'ama figlia gentilhuom
Non curare berlinguaminum!
Ch'amar fosse chissa hominum
are buscani!
A la cura chi de cua!
Are patichache, siamo beschin!
Alla lapia calia…