I' mi son giovinetta (Luzzasco Luzzaschi)

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Editor: Gordon J. Callon (submitted 1999-11-12).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 156 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Io mi son giovinetta
Composer: Luzzasco Luzzaschi
Lyricist: Giovanni Boccaccio

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: Soprano duet
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian

First published: 1601 in Madrigali per cantare et sonare a 1-3 soprani, no.  

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

“I mi son giovinetta e rido e canto a la
stagion novella.”
Cantava la mia dolce pastorella,
Quando l’ali il cor mio
Spiegò come augellin subitamente,
Tutto lieto et ridente
Cantava in sua favella:
“Son giovinetto anch’io,
E rido e canto a più beata e bella
primavera d’Amore
Che ne begli occhi suoi fiorisce”, et ella:
“Fuggi se saggio sei”, disse, “l’ardore
Ch’in questi rai
Primavera per te non sara mai.”

English.png English translation

“I am a young girl, and I laugh and sing
to the new season.”
Thus sang my lovely shepherdess,
When my heart suddenly
Spread its wings like a bird,
All lightness and laughter,
It sang in this way:
“I am also a young man,
And I rejoice and sing to the more
beautiful Spring of Love
That blossoms in her eyes”, and she said:
“Fly if you are wise, the passion
In the beams of this
Spring will never be for you!”