Scaldava il sol di mezzo giorno l'arco (Luca Marenzio)

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  • NewScore.gif  (Posted 2020-01-31)   CPDL #56846:       
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2020-01-31).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 80 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: Scaldava il sol di mezzo giorno l'arco
Composer: Luca Marenzio
Lyricist: Luigi Alamanni (1495-1556), Favola di Narciso

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1582 in Il terzo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 14

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Scaldava il sol di mezzo giorno l’arco
Nel dorso del Leon suo albergo caro,
Sotto ’l boschetto più di frondi carco
Dormia ’l pastor con le sue greggi a paro;
Giaceva il villanel de l’opra scarco.
Vie più di posa che di spighe avaro;
Gli augei, le fere, ogni uom s’asconde tace,
Sol la Cicala non si sente in pace.

Allen Garvin translation

The midday sun warmed the arch
of Leo's back in his cherished lair;
In the grove beneath the thick boughs
sleeps the shepherd with his flocks yoked nearby;
The peasant lies, exhausted at work,
much more preferring rest than mean stalks of corn.
The birds, the wild beasts, every man hides himself and quietens,
and only the Cicada does not feel at peace.

Translation by Allen Garvin