S'io ve dico ca sete la chiù bella (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2014-04-21)  CPDL #31733:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Walker Boyle (submitted 2014-04-21).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 41 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Transcribed from the 1582 publication of Lasso's "Libro de villanelle, moresche, et altre canzoni." All added ficta clearly marked.

General Information

Title: S'io ve dico ca sete la chiù bella
Composer: Orlando di Lasso

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1581 in Libro de villanelle, moresche et altre canzoni, no. 1

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

S'io ve dico ca sete la chiù bella
di tutte bell'al mondo mai son nate,
dico lo ver, e voi ve sdegnate.

English.png English translation

If I tell you that you are the most beautiful
of all the beauties in the world,
I'm telling the truth, and you hold it against me!