Erano i capei d'or (Giovanni Maria Nanino)

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Prima parte

  • (Posted 2017-05-15)  CPDL #44538:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-05-15).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 33 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Secunda parte "Non era l'andar suo"

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Edition notes: Reformatting of #4349.
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Contrafactum "Artifex mirus"

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Edition notes: prima parte only, sacred text added. File recovered using the WayBackMachine of

General Information

Title: Erano i capei d'or
Composer: Giovanni Maria Nanino
Lyricist: Francesco Petrarca

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

Languages: Italian, Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1579 in Il primo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 3
    2nd published: 1583 in Musica divina di 19 autori illustri, no. 24
    3rd published: 1585 in Spoglia amorosa (Scotto), no. 4, p. 6
    4th published: 1592 in Spoglia amorosa (Gardano), no. 7, p. 8
    5th published: 1607 in Musica tolta da I Madrigali di Claudio Monteverde, e d'altri autori … e fatta spiritual (Aquilino Coppini), no. 19
Description: The 1583 version of this work is for three voices. The 1579/1585/1592 version is for five voices. The 1607 version is a sacred contrafact of this work, titled Artifex mirus.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Erano i capei d'oro.

Contrafactum Artifex mirus

(set to prima parte only)

Latin.png Latin text

Artifex mirus es, æterne Deus,
tu cardines coelorum solidasti,
tu lumen fulgens tribuisti Soli
et Lunæ cursum circum terræ globum,
tu Iridem formasti discolorem.
Per te facti sunt rores & pruinæ,
terra gramine per te convestitur,
labuntur aquæ montibus opacis.

English.png English translation

A might craftsman are you, eternal God:
you fastened the hinges of the skies,
you, resplendent light, planned the orbits of the Sun
and of the Moon around the globe of the earth,
you created the multicoloured rainbow.
Through you are created dew and frost,
though you is the earth clothed with grass,
and flow waters from shaded mountains.

Translation by Campelli