Ninfa che dal superbo Adriano seno (Alessandro Striggio)

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  • (Posted 2015-01-09)  CPDL #34215:       
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2015-01-09).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 86 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Parts and source available on IMSLP.

General Information

Title: Ninfa che dal superbo Adriano seno
Composer: Alessandro Striggio
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Moscaglia (1559-1589)

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1590 in Novi frutti musicali (ed. Paolo Bellasio) (Vincenti press, Venice), no. 1
Description: This work is part one of a twelve-part canzon with each part by a different composer.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Ninfa, che dal superbo Adriaco seno,
Cinta di rose il crespo oro lucente.
Quasi Aurora sorgendo, l'oriente,
Vincesti di colore e di sereno,
Ogni raggio celeste, ogni terreno lume,
Al vag' apparir del tuo splendore
Sparve, si come suole
Fuggir stella minore,
A l'apparir del sole.

English.png English translation

Nymph, who springing from the bosom of the proud Adriatic,
thy gold and shining locks crowned with roses,
like Aurora rising, surpassest the East
in brightness and in beauty;
before thy glorious splendor every celestial beam,
every earthly light fades away,
as does the lesser star
before the approach of the sun.

by Catherine Taylor (1841)