Strider faceva le zampogne a l'aura (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-14)  CPDL #51974:       
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2018-11-14).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 105 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes:

In English: The Shepherd's pipes

  • (Posted 2020-03-13)  CPDL #57498:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-03-13).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 113 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: Strider faceva le zampogne a l'aura
Composer: Luca Marenzio

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

Languages: Italian, English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1581 in Il secondo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 11
    2nd published: 1588 in Gemma musicalis Liber primus, no. 38
    3rd published: 1881 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 14, no. 409

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Strider faceva le zampogne a l'aura
il Pastorel di Filli o per Ne era,
se più pregiando quel che diede a Laura
d'onesto amor perpetua lode e vera,
quando a l'alba Titon le chiome inaura
a salutar la nuova Primavera
fuor di fiorite siepi a d'arborscelli
uscian cantando mille vaghi augelli.

English.png English text

The Shepherd's pipes are sweetly playing,
To praise their peerless beauty;
And while in fields and meadows their flocks are straying,
What harmony throughout the groves is sounding,
While to their Queen they chant their songs of duty.
Fair Queen, to greet thee Spring in pride appeareth,
fair Queen, to greet thee Spring in joy appeareth.
To welcome thee her gayest robe she weareth,
While tuneful birds their jocund notes are trying.
And woods and mountains echo swift replying.