La mia Clori è brunetta (Luca Marenzio)

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General Information

Title: La mia Clori è brunetta
Composer: Luca Marenzio
Lyricist: Angelo Grillo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in L'ottavo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 13

Description: Possibly composed for the Concerto delle Donne; hence SSAAB voicing.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

La mia Clori è brunetta,
Ma così mi diletta
Che non invidio candida bellezza,
A chi l’ama et apprezza,
E di bruna beltà tanto son pago.
Quanto misto colore
Più gl'occhi appaga e più rallegra il core.

English.png English translation

My Cloris is a brunette,
but she pleases me so much
that I do not envy the white beauty
that others love and prize,
and am quite happy with her dark comeliness.
How much more does a mixed color
satisfy the eyes and delight the heart!

Translation by Campelli