Già torna a rallegrar l'aria e la terra (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-14)  CPDL #51976:     
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2018-11-14).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes:

In English: Spring returns

  • (Posted 2020-03-12)  CPDL #57491:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-03-12).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 113 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed upwards a tone. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: Già torna a rallegrar l'aria e la terra
Composer: Luca Marenzio

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

Languages: Italian, English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1581 in Il secondo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 15
    2nd published: 1605 in Nervi d'Orfeo, no. 22
    3rd published: 1589 in Gemmae musicalis Liber Secundus, no. 40
    4th published: 1881 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 14, no. 410

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Già torna a rallegrar l'aria e la terra
Col piè le sponde, e co’ begli occhi affrena
Rapido corso, allor che discolora
Le piagge il ghiaccio, con sì dolce pena
A seguir le tue arme m’innamora,
Ch’io piango, e rido, e non la scorgo appena,
Ch’io scopro in lei mille vaghezze ascose,
Ed entro a l’alma un bel giardin di rose.

English.png English text

Spring returns, with balmy zephyrs softly breathed
April the young and gay, with flowers wreathed,
The waves are stilled, the clouds in showers descending,
While nymphs and jocund shepherds' songs are blending:
Now feather'd songsters among the groves are flying,
From bough to bough with tuneful voice replying;
With evening's shades silence around is falling,
Morning returns, the song of joy recalling.