Mentre la donna (Alessandro Striggio)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-14)   CPDL #51945:   
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2018-11-14).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 88 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • CPDL #29859:      (XML)
Editor: Renato Calcaterra (submitted 2013-08-17).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 114 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Mentre la donna
Composer: Alessandro Striggio

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

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1564 in Primo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 6

Description: The notes' values and the accidentals are as in the manuscript. The “musica ficta” suggestion are in the MIDI and MusicXML files.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Mentre la donn'anzi la vita mia
Misti a le rose gigli va tessendo
Vide fra l'herb'e i fior ch'amor dormia
Et lui lieta legò dolce ridendo
sciogliersi di tal nodo Amor volia
Ma chi l'havea legato poi vedendo
Va diss'o madre cerc'un nov'amore
Perch'il mio regno qui sarà maggiore.