Già nimfa hor voce (Alessandro Striggio)
- Editor: Gerhard Weydt (submitted 2021-06-13). Score information: A4, 10 pages, 236 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Transposed down a minor third because of the chiavette used.
Title: Già nimfa hor voce
Composer: Alessandro Striggio
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Amalteo
Number of voices: 8vv Voicing: SATB.SATB
Genre: Secular, Madrigal
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1588 in Gemma musicalis liber primus (Friedrich Lindner), no. 8
2nd published: 1596 in Madrigali a otto voci (Pierre Phalèse), no. 15
Description: As the theme of the sonnet is "Echo", Striggio chose to set it with a primary and an echo choir. For a totally different approach see Già Ninfa hor voce (Iacopo Corfini).
Original text and translations
The nymph Echo used to entertain Hera with long chats, in order to provide Hera's husband Zeus with the opportunities for his numerous amorous adventures. When Hera discoverd this, she condemned Echo to only beeing able to answer with the words shhad heard last. According to Ovid's Metamorphoses she fell in love with Narcissus, but wasn't able to express her love tohim, so she retired to a cavern, where she wasted away until only her voice was left. Following Longos in "Daphnis & Chloe", Echo's bones were scattered all over the world by sheperds made furious by Pan, whose love Echo wouldn't return.
Valerius Flaccus and Horace call the echo "imago".
Striggio's text shows some differences compared to Amalteo's text, which can be seen in Già Ninfa hor voce by Iacopo Corfini, which is practically identical to Amalteo's text.
Già Nimfa, hor voce, da le membra scossa,
Einst Nymphe, nun Stimme, mit verstreuten Gliedern,
Once nymph, now voice, with scattered limbs,