Sola soletta (Girolamo Conversi)

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  • CPDL #32742:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2014-08-20).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 35 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Sola soletta
Composer: Girolamo Conversi

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1575
  2nd published: 1583 in Musica divina di 19 autori illustri, no. 30
Description: A 5 part canzone from the composer's "il primo libro delle canzoni a cinque voci", 1575. The work was subsequently arranged by Thomas Morley for an instrumental consort. There is also an English setting of the madrigal, When all alone my bony loue, in "The first set of Italian madrigals Englished", 1590, with lyrics by Thomas Watson.

External websites: The source on IMSLP.

Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Sola soletta i me ne vò cantando.
Et ho via il core più freddo che giaccio.
Et vo d'amor spregiando d'ogni suo laccio.

English.png English translation

Alone and carefree I walk along, singing.
My heart is colder than ice
and I disdain all the snares of love.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank

(NB: In the original, it is clear from the gender of the adjectives that these words are spoken by a woman)