Negro era intorno (Leonard Meldert)

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  • (Posted 2017-04-16)  CPDL #44060:        (Finale 2014)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2017-04-16).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 478 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Title: Negro era intorno
Composer: Leonard Meldert
Lyricist: Torquato Tasso

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

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Description: Tasso's sonnet has been used with modifications in the first stanza. The beginning of the sonnet "Negro era intorno" has been set in note nere.

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Original text and translations

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Negro era intorno e bianche falde il cielo,
Pioveva al' hor ch'Ersilia in parte ascese,
Onde potea mostrarsi a me cortese,
E'l mio foco mirar ch'io si mal celo,
Quand' ecco su bei crin stille di gielo,
Sembrar perle sù l'oro ad arte stese,
Ma le mie luci al dolce obietto intese
chiuse ahi la neve e l'or di se fe velo.

Deh quand' in giogo d'Alpe o d'Apennino 
Aviene, O'in hiperborea eccelsa rupe
si duro caso, O cui si forte in cresce,
Lasso io rimasi al' hor qual peregrino,
A cui s'annotti in valli horride e cupe,
Mentre monti di neve, Il turbo mesce.