Il bianco e dolce cigno (Jacques Arcadelt)

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  • (Posted 2019-12-24)  CPDL #56397:         
Editor: Maia McCormick (submitted 2019-12-24).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 62 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: SATB, in G major, note values halved. Rebarred for text stresses. Contains rehearsal letters, translations.
  • (Posted 2019-01-15)  CPDL #52930: 
Original key (F):        
Transposed up a tone (G):      
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2019-01-15).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 73 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1558 Gardano edition. (In 3 places the text underlay differs from the 1539 first edition.) Original note values. Italian spelling modernised ("et" has been replaced by "ed"). Alto in tenor clef.
  • (Posted 2018-11-22)  CPDL #52296:     
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2018-11-22).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 408 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2017-04-04)  CPDL #43879:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-04-04).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 47 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: SATB version, transposed up a tone to G, with note values halved.
  • (Posted 2017-03-19)  CPDL #43644:  Network.png
Editor: Casey Rule (submitted 2017-03-19).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 4 pages, 65 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transcribed for modern notation. Includes piano reduction.
  • (Posted 2017-01-18)  CPDL #42696:  Icon_pdf_globe.gif Icon_snd_globe.gif Icon_mp3_globe.gif Icon_ly_ext.png Network.png Transposed edition and Part Midis and Mp3s Available
Editor: Monique Rio (submitted 2017-01-18).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 313 kB   Copyright: CC BY 4.0
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Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: Bar 25, Tenor, the last minim should be C instead of D. See the discussion page for full description.
  • (Posted 2013-06-22)  CPDL #29481:  Network.png
Editor: Fernando Gómez Jácome (submitted 2013-06-22).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 61 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2012-01-18)  CPDL #25395:         
Editor: Johannes Becker (submitted 2012-01-18).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 77 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed to g major. Voices crossed twice to ease SATB performance.
  • (Posted 2011-10-01)  CPDL #24643:     
Editor: Edward Tambling (submitted 2011-10-01).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 52 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In original key (and in original note values) for ATTB.
  • (Posted 2011-09-07)  CPDL #24380:  Network.png   Icon_ly.gif
Editor: Kenji Yamamoto (submitted 2011-09-07).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 130.3 kB   Copyright: CC BY 3.0 Unported
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  • (Posted 2009-04-15)  CPDL #19267:   
Editor: Burkhart M. Schürmann (submitted 2009-04-15).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 36 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2005-08-30)  CPDL #09310:         
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2005-08-30).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 29 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2004-02-20)  CPDL #06735:  Network.png
Editor: John D. Smith (submitted 2004-02-20).   Score information: 42 x 59 cm, 3 pages, 86 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Scores listed alphabetically by composer. All scores available in Scorch format, some are also available as PDF files.
  • (Posted 2005-08-15)  CPDL #08833:  Network.png PDF, MIDI, & ABC Plus files
Editor: Guido Gonzato (submitted 2005-08-15).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 59 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2002-06-11)  CPDL #03664:  Network.png PDF, MIDI, & NoteWorthy Composer files
Editor: Marco Gallo (submitted 2002-06-11).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 42 kB   ;Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: listed alphabetically by composer.
Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: Bar 6, Alto should be D D F (instead of D E F); Bar 22 (2nd page Bar 4), Alto should be F G F E (instead of G A G E) See the discussion page for full description.
  • (Posted 2000-02-21)  CPDL #00688:        (Finale 1998)
Editor: Andre (submitted 2000-02-21).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 116 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Il bianco e dolce cigno
Composer: Jacques Arcadelt
Lyricist: Giovanni Guidiccioni

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SATB or ATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1539 in Il primo libro de' madrigali a 4 voci, no. 1.01
    2nd published: 1544 in Dialogo della musica (Antonfrancesco Doni), no. 5
    3rd published: 1843 in Recueil des morceaux de musique ancienne, Volume 5, no. 55
    4th published: 1900 in Ausgewählte Madrigale und mehrstimmige Gesänge , Book II, no. 1

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Il bianco e dolce cigno.