Leggiadrissima eterna (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2017-09-09)   CPDL #46272:         (Finale 2014)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2017-09-09).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 608 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Leggiadrissima eterna
Composer: Luca Marenzio
Lyricist:

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSAATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1591 in Il quinto libro de madrigali a sei voci, no. 1

Description: The first madrigal of this book is clearly dedicated to Virginio Orsini. As can be seen in the last line of the poem both Virginio and his wife Flavia (Peretti) are reverently mentioned.

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Original text and translations

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Leggiadrissima eterna Primavera,
Vive scherzand'à questi colli intorno,
E senza mai temer nuvole ò fera,
Ride piu lieto e piu sereno il giorno.

Già le Muse e le gratie in bella schiera,
Cantand'al suon de liquidi cristalli,
Fan dolcemente risonar le valli,
E garreggiand'i pargoletti Amori,
Chiaman Ninfe e Pastori,
A novelle dolcezze à nuovi balli,
Fiammeggia'l ciel di piu pregiati ardori,
Che'l tutt'adorna il tutt'inform'accende,
L'honor ch'in Flavia e ch'in Virginio splende.