Ho inteso dir da molti che lo sanno (Giovanni Ferretti)

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  • (Posted 2020-09-29)  CPDL #60716:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2020-09-29).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 327 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Ho inteso dir da molti che lo sanno
Composer: Giovanni Ferretti

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATBB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1575 in Il secondo libro delle canzoni a sei voci, no. 6

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Ho inteso dir da molti che lo sanno
Ch'il cigno mor cantando.
O fortunat'uccel, hor poi ben dire
Che vita t'è'l morire.

English.png English translation

I have heard it said by many who know
that the swan dies singing.
O fortunate bird, now you can say
that dying is life to you.
(Tr. Ruth I. DeFord)