Amor mi fa cantar a la Francesca (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2020-09-14)  CPDL #60569:   
Editor: Richard Mix (submitted 2020-09-14).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 38 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Diplomatic edition, with underlay

General Information

Title: Amor mi fa cantar a la Francesca
Composer: Anonymous

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: solo voice
Genre: SecularBallata

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: c1370 Rossi ms. (formerly I-Rvat 215) fol. 18v
Description: Although centuries lie between this work and Monteverdi's Dolcissimo uscignolo with its rubric "cantato a voce piena, alla francese", it's tempting to understand the first line as a pun on "Francesca"/ full throated vocalization, notwithstanding the poet's intention of keeping his feelings to himself.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Amor mi fa cantar a la Francesca!

Perchè questo m'aven non o so dire
Chè quella donna che me fa languire.
Temo che non verebe a la mia trescha.

A lei sum fermo celar el mi core,
E consumarmi inanci per so amore,
Ch'al men moro per cosa gentilesca.

Donne, di vero dirve posso tanto
Che questa donna, per cui piango e canto,
È come rosa in spin morbida e fresca.