Mentre il lauro gentil (Claudio Merulo)

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  • (Posted 2016-08-09)   CPDL #40692:          (Finale 2014)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2016-08-09).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 325 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Mentre il lauro gentil
Composer: Claudio Merulo
Lyricist:

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1582 in Il Lauro secco (Vittorio Baldini), no. 13.

Description: The notes' values, the accidentals and the colourings are as in the original edition. The “musica ficta” suggestions are in the MIDI and MusicXML files.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Mentre il lauro gentil da i rami d'oro,
Col suo rezzo, ristoro
Fece à me sol, dal ciel gl'impetrai vita:
Ma poi ch'al caldo altrui porge anco aita,
Non più, non più stia in vita:
Ma gli levi Aquilon freddo ogni aita.