Sperar non si potea (Andrea Gabrieli)

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  • (Posted 2019-08-18)  CPDL #55083:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2019-08-18).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 295 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2018-11-13)  CPDL #51865:     
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2018-11-13).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 87 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Parts available at http://dfwviols.com/new/2018-11-13-01.

General Information

Title: Sperar non si potea
Composer: Andrea Gabrieli

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1579
    2nd published: 1591 in Melodia Olympica, no. 44
Description: The first part of a 6-part sestina, from Tiburtio Massaino's 1579 collection, with each part by a different madrigal composer (the other composers are Bellhaver, Merula, Donati, Vecchi, and Massaino himself).

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Sperar non si potea da sì bella Alba
Ch'apparve inanti al Sol, vestita d'oro
E col lembo e col crin sparso di rose,
Per riposarsi su la riva d'Arno,
Altro ch'un sì felice e lieto giorno
Ch'inamora la terra, onora'l Cielo.