S'andasse Amor a caccia (Claudio Monteverdi)

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General Information

Title: S'andasse Amor a caccia
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
Lyricist: Torquato Tasso

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1590 in Il secondo libro de madrigali a cinque voci (Claudio Monteverdi), no. 11


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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

S’andasse Amor a caccia,
Grechino a lass’avria per suo diletto
e de le dame seguiria la traccia,
ché vago e pargoletto
è questo come quello
e leggiadrett’e bello.

Vezzosetto Grechino,
se pur vuol tuo destino
ch’egli sia cacciatore,
prendi costei mentr’ella fugge Amore.

English.png English translation

Were Love to go hunting,
he'd bring Grechino along for fun,
and would follow the ladies' tracks,
for the latter is as fair and playful
as the former is graceful
and handsome.

Charming Grechino,
if your fate wishes
that Love be a hunter,
catch that lady as she flees Love.

Translation by Campelli

French.png French translation

Si Amour allait à la chasse,
il aménérait Grechino pour s'amuser
et suivrait les traces des dames,
car l'un est aussi
attrayant et ludique
que l'autre est charmant et beau.

Gracieux Grechino,
si ton destin dicte
qu'Amour soit chasseur,
attrappe-la, cette femme qui fuit Amour.

Translation by Campelli

Grechino was "cagnoletto della duchessa Margherita d'Este Gonzaga", i.e. the court dog. See Le Rime di Torquato Tasso, ed. by Bruno Basile, Letteratura italiana Einaudi, Salerno/Roma (1994). An online version of Tasso's rhymes can be found at http://www.letteraturaitaliana.net/pdf/Volume_5/t128.pdf