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by Philippe Verdelot's (c1480 – 1530)

Philippe Verdelot's moving setting of the poetry of Petrarch, this gentle and transparent piece captures the quiet passion of the poetry.

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Quando Amor i belli occhi a terra inchina,
e i vaghi spirti in un sospiro accoglie
co le sue mani, et poi in voce gli scioglie
chiara, soave, angelica, divina,

sento far del mio cor dolce rapina
et sí dentro cangiar penseri et voglie
ch’ í’ dico: “Or fien di me l’ultime spoglie:
se ‘l ciel sí onesta morte mi destina.”



When Love bends her lovely eyes to the ground
and with his on hands gathers together
her wandering breath into a sigh
and then looses it in a clear, soft, angelic, divine voice,

I feel my heart sweetly stolen away
and my thoughts and desires so change within me
that I say: “Now comes the final plundering of me,
if Heaven reserves me for so virtuous a death.”

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Mignarda specializes in thoughtful programming illuminating the vibrant mingling of renaissance music & poetry. Noted for awakening modern audiences to an appreciation for historical music, their work encompasses concertizing, teaching & recording, with ten critically-acclaimed CDs, a series of 12 music editions, scholarly articles, reviews and the internationally-popular blog, Unquiet Thoughts. ... more

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