Italia bella (Orazio Vecchi)

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  • (Posted 2019-08-20)   CPDL #55099:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2019-08-20).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 301 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Italia bella
Composer: Orazio Vecchi

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1591 in Melodia Olympica, no. 48

Description: The fifthth stanza of a sestina. The other stanze can be found following the link to Melodia Olympica.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Italia bella alta nudrice d'Arno,
Tosto che vidde il Sole e farsi il giorno,
E la terra honorar si nobil Alba,
Col tributo gentil de le sue rose,
Levò le palme e suoi begl'occhi al Cielo,
Ch'apriva alhora i bei zaffiri à l'oro.