Fortuna desperata (Antoine Busnois)

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  • (Posted 2009-03-12)  CPDL #19035:     
Editor: Martin Schubert (submitted 2009-03-12).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 34 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Notation in measures of 4/2, in notes with the usual length and in modern clefs.

General Information

Title: Fortuna desperata
Composer: Antoine Busnois

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript 1500–1503 in the Segovia Codex, no. 111
    Manuscript c.1510 in I-Fn MS Magl. XIX.121, no. 25
    Manuscript c.1515 in the Henry VIII manuscript, no. 2

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Fortuna desperata
iniqua e maledicta,
che di tal dona electa
la fama ay denegata.

English.png English translation

Desperate fate,
iniquitous and maledicted,
that blackened the good name
of a woman beyond compare.

German.png German translation

Verzweifeltes Schicksal,
ungerecht und verflucht,
das den Ruf einer solch erwählten Frau
verdunkelt hat.