Barbara Strozzi

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Consiglio amoroso

Trio originally for two Sopranos and Bass with basso continuo.
Original Language: Italian

O soffrire o fuggire o tacer sempre,
Ma con lieto sembiante
L’offeso deve, e mal gradito amante.
Pianti, lamenti, dimostranze acerbe
Non faranno cangiar costumi o tempre
A tiranne superbe.
Onde conviene, in tante amare pene,
O soffrirle o fuggirle o tacer sempre.
Ma di che ci dogliam ch’un incostante
Ci sprezzi e ci abbandoni? Ah, frena l’ire,
Placati, incauto amante; ah, soffri e taci,
E se vuoi dona instabile punire,
Puniscila coi doni,
Castigala coi baci.

Giulio Strozzi

Amorous Advice

Either to suffer, or to flee, or to be silent,
but with a happy countenance
must be the offended and unwelcomed lover.
Cries, laments, bitter demonstrations
cannot change the habits or temperaments
of proud, tyrannical women; so it is advisable
in such bitter pain
to either suffer them, flee them, or ever be silent.
But why do we complain when an inconstant woman
scorns and abandons us? Ah, hold back your rage;
calm yourself, reckless lover; ah, suffer and be silent;
and if you want to punish your fickle lady,
punish her with gifts,
castigate her with kisses.

Translated by:

Candace A. Magner

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  • Barbara Strozzi: Il Primo de Madrigali

    Orlando di Lasso Ensemble

    Thorofon Records (2000) [Audio CD, Digital / MP3]

    • Disc #1 / Track #10 - Consiglio Amoroso (SSB, lute, hps, org) [3:15]
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  • Primo Libro de' Madrigali

    La Venexiana

    Cantus (2000) [Audio CD, Digital / MP3]

    • Consiglio amoroso, Op 1 (SSB, bc) [3:12]