Questi odorati fiori (Giaches de Wert)

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  • (Posted 2015-01-01)  CPDL #34013:       
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2015-01-01).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 111 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Parts and source available on IMSLP.

General Information

Title: Questi odorati fiori
Composer: Giaches de Wert

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1586 in L'ottavo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 13

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Questi odorati fiori,
Gialli, persi, vermigli, azzurri e bianchi,
Ch’in sugl’estivi ardori
E freschi e dolci nidi,
Erano agl’Amoretti afflitti e stanchi;
Braman, Donna Real, aver ricetto
Sotto il bel vel che vi nasconde il petto.

English.png English translation

These fragrant flowers,
yellow, peach, red, blue and white,
that in the heat of summer
were a fresh and sweet resting place
for the lovelorn, weary Cupids;
They desire, noble Lady, to find haven
beneath the lovely veil that conceals your breast.

Translation by Allen Garvin