Gitene Ninfe (Orazio Vecchi)

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General Information

Title: Gitene Ninfe
Composer: Orazio Vecchi

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella plus lute

First published: 1590 in Selva di varia ricreatione, no. 9

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Gitene Ninfe sù gl'herbosi prati
E voi Pastori amati
E tu Damone lascia i car'Armenti
E al suon de nostr'accenti

E ghirlandette de più vaghi fiori
Tesset' à la mia Clori
Prendila e seco men' alte carole
Che te sol bram' e vuole

Poi che le die d'Amore
Bellezza tal che pò rapire il core
E di dolcezz' ancor trar l'alma fuore

E noi farem' in tanto
Per allegrezza risonar le valli
Al dolce suon de pletri canti e balli.

English.png English translation

Let's walk, Nymphs, on the meadows,
And you, dear shepards,
And you, Damon, leave the dear flocks.
And with the sound of our voice

Let's us make festoons with the most
Beautiful flowers for Clori.
Take her and sing loud songs
For she loves and desires only you

And because Love gave her
Such beauty that can steal your heart
And, with sweetness, also your soul.

And in the while
We shall make every valley sound
- With the sweet sound of the strings - songs and dances.

Translation by Andrea Friggi