Mentre el cuculo il suo cucu cantava (Gioseppe Caimo)

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Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2018-11-16).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 86 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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Editor: Peter Rottländer (submitted 2013-11-25).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 90 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original key for SSAT.
Editor: Peter Rottländer (submitted 2013-11-25).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 96 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Fourth down according to chiavette convention for SATB.
Editor: Rolf Maeder (submitted 2004-05-25).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 42 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: SATB. Previously hosted on external site. Uploaded to CPDL server 2007-11-23.
  • (Posted 2003-08-19)  CPDL #05491:  Network.png PDF, MIDI and Sibelius 2 files available.
Editor: Christoph König (submitted 2003-08-19).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 35 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: SSATB - Scorch file also available, SSATB, Tenor part sounds an octave lower than written.

General Information

Title: Mentre el cuculo il suo cucu cantava
Composer: Gioseppe Caimo

Number of voices: 4 or 5vv   Voicings: SATB or SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1584 in Il secondo libro di canzonette a quattro voci, no. 1


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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Mentre il cuculo
Il suo cucu cantava:
« Lascia » dicea Amarilli
« Lascia Damon tua Filli
E corri in braccio,
Corri cor mio
Cucù non odi?
Egli t’invita ed io ».