Ch'il credera (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • CPDL #29922:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2013-08-22).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 76 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Chil credera
Composer: Orlando di Lasso

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATT
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First Published: 1555 in Le quatoirsiesme livre a 4 parties, no. 1.2.
   2. Published: 1560 in Madrigali a 4 voci, libro primo, no. 5.2.
Description: This is the second part of the six-part madrigal set that opens Orlando di Lasso's first publication. The full set:

  1. Del freddo Rheno
  2. Ch'il credera
  3. Rotava et e pur ver
  4. Si fe cristallo
  5. Et io qual fui
  6. Hor su la nuda terra

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Original text and translations

See the text and translation for full poem at: Del freddo Rheno a la sinistra riva.

Italian.png Italian text

Second stanza:

Ch'il credera? Perche lo dica; il sole
splendea nei crini, e l'una e l'altra riva
mutò, senza mentir habito e stato,
come i celesti pie toccaron l’herbe,
e quasi al sol nascenti in chiara voce
gli augelli cantar’ al suo lucente foco.
 

English.png English translation

Second stanza:

Who’d believe me? Therefore I tell you: the sun
was shining in her hair, and both banks
changed, I tell you no lie, character and state,
when her heavenly feet touched the grass,
and as if it were sunrise itself,
the birds sang to her radiant light.