Con soave parlar (Philippe Verdelot)

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  • (Posted 2020-10-10)  CPDL #60841:       (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2020-10-10).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 79 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: I used the 1536 Scotto press edition for the music, but Claudio Merulo's 1566 printing for the text setting.
  • (Posted 2020-09-29)  CPDL #60712:     
Editor: Elam Rotem (submitted 2020-09-29).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 257 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:

General Information

Title: Con soave parlar
Composer: Philippe Verdelot

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: STTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1534 in Il secondo libro de madrigali (Philippe Verdelot), no. 3
    2nd published: 1540 in Tutti li madrigali del primo et secondo libro a quatro voci, Edition 1, no. 51
Description: From Il secondo libro de madrigali, 4vv (Venice, 1534)

Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Con suave parlar con dolce accento
Dormend’a me chiamavo
La bella donna mia anzi’l mio core
la qual in un momento
Lieta m’appars’in compagnia d’amore
Ond’io tutto contento
Del suo divin’aspetto m’infiammavo
Ma lei del van’ardore
Presto s’accorse et sparse com’un vento
All’hor dall’alto sonno mi svegliavo
Et vinto dal dolore
D’haverla pers’a seguitarla intento
Veloce m’ordinavo
Ma l’impresa lasciai visto’l mio errore.

English.png English translation

With soft words and sweet tones
While sleeping, I called
My beautiful lady: indeed, my heart called her
Who, for a moment
Appeared to me, merry and accompanied by love
At which I, full of joy
At her divine appearance began to burn.
But she quickly noticed the vain ardour
And was dispersed like the wind.
Then, I awoke from high sleep
And, overcome with grief
Of having lost her, I hurriedly prepared
to chase after her.
But I abandoned that endeavour, having seen my mistake.