O la, o che bon eccho! (Orlando di Lasso)

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General Information

Title: O la, o che bon eccho! (The Echo Song)
Composer: Orlando di Lasso

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SATB.SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1581 in Libro de villanelle, moresche et altre canzoni, no. 24
    2nd published: 1590 in Dialoghi musicali (Angelo Gardano), no. 30
    3rd published: 1596 in Madrigali a otto voci (Pierre Phalèse), no. 23, p. 25
    4th published: 1915 in Volksliederbuch für gemischten Chor, no. 537

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text
  1. O la, o che bon echo! Pigliamo ci, piacere!
  2. Ha ha ha ha ha, ridiamo tutti!
  3. O bon compagno! Che voi tu? Voria che tu cantassi una canzona.
  4. Perchè? Perchè si? Perchè no? Perchè non voglio. Perchè non voi?
  5. Perchè non mi piace! Taci dico!
  6. Taci tu! O gran poltron! Signor, si!
  7. Orsu non più! Andiamo! Adio bon echo! Adio bon echo!
  8. Rest' in pace! Basta! Basta! Basta! Basta!


German.png German translation
  1. Holla, welch gutes Echo! Rufet es an, versucht es!
  2. Ha ha ha ha ha, lacht einmal alle!
  3. O guter Geselle! Was willst du? Du sollst uns etwas singen, ein Liedchen.
  4. Warum? Ei, warum? Warum nicht? Ei nun, ich will nicht. Warum denn nicht?
  5. Weil ich keine Lust hab! Schweig doch stille!
  6. Schweig doch du! Du Grobian! Ja, Herr!
  7. Nun ist's genug! So gehn wir! Leb wohl denn, Echo! Leb wohl denn, Echo!
  8. Bleib in Frieden! Basta! Basta! Basta! Basta!
English.png English translation
  1. My word! what a lovely echo! let's try it out. Pleased to meet you!
  2. Ha ha ha ha ha, let's all laugh!
  3. Oh my fine companion? What do you want? I'd like you to sing a song
  4. Why? Why should I? Why not? Because I don't want to. Why don't you want to?
  5. Because I don't feel like it! Shut up I say!
  6. You shut up, you big fool!. Yes Sir!
  7. Come now, no more! Let's go!. Goodbye good echo!
  8. Peace be with you. That's enough, enough, enough!


Spanish.png Spanish translation
  1. Hola, ¡qué gran eco! ¡Cojámoslo, por favor!
  2. Ha ha ha ha ha, ¡riámonos todos!
  3. ¡Qué buena compañía! ¿Qué quieres? Quisiera que cantaras una canción
  4. ¿Por qué? ¿Por qué sí? ¿Por qué no? Porque no quiero. ¿Por qué no quieres?
  5. ¡Porque no me da la gana! ¡He dicho que te calles!
  6. ¡Cállate tú, o gran mentiroso! ¡Sí, señor!
  7. ¡Ya es suficiente! ¡Vamos! ¡Adiós, gran eco! ¡Adiós, gran eco!
  8. ¡Descansa! ¡Basta! ¡Basta! ¡Basta! ¡Basta!