Spesso il canto ad amare (Orazio Griffi)

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Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2022-11-19).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 317 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A semi-diplomatic edition: Scores for Voices (both in original key and transposed down to accomodate performance with the Cembalo or lute intavolations), The Gravicembalo intavolation and the intavolation for lute (both in the Italian tablature of the source and transcripted to French tablature) are included. (MXL file includes practical edition only).

General Information

Title: Spesso il canto ad amare
Composer: Orazio Griffi
Lyricist:
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1591
Description: A Canzonetta from Simone Verovio's Canzonetta à quatro voci... 1591. The printed source contains parts for the voices, an intavolation for Gravicambalo and an intavolation for lute in Italian tablature. The Voice parts are notated in Chiavetti (g, c2, c3, c4) in C. The intavolation for Gravicembalo is notated in F and the lute will also be in F when played on the common lute in G. The first verse is underlaid in the voices parts and three more verses printed after the music.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Spesso il canto ad amare
  move il Delfin nel mare
  Ond' al lito ne viene
  Per temprar le sue pene,

E sopra gl'arboscelli
  Cantando ancor gl'augelli
  Sol per scemar l'ardore
  Che in loro accende Amore

E i travagliati amanti
  Con dolci suoni e canti
  Hanno spesso piugato
  Donne, don lello ingrato

Se dunque il dolce canto
  Giova à gl'amanti tanto
  Ogni amante si dia
  Alla dolce Harmonia