Barbara Strozzi

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Giusta negativa

Originally for Soprano and basso continuo.
Original Language: Italian

Non mi dite ch'io canti
poter d'amor, perché dirò che sete
de' musici il flagello e degli amanti.
No no no signor no,
bocca non aprirò.
A chi cantar dev'io
s'il bell'idolo mio
lungi è da me?
Venga l'idolo mio
ch'io canto affé.

Non mi dite ch'io suoni,
forza del ciel, vi manderò là dove
non mancano altri a voi musici buoni.
No no no signor no,
tasto non toccherò.
A chi sonar dev'io
s'il bell'idolo mio
lungi è da me?
Venga l'idolo mio
ch'io suono affé.


Right Refusal

Don’t tell me to sing by the power of love,
because I’ll say that it’s the bane
of musicians and lovers.
No, no, no sir, no!
I won’t open my mouth.
To whom should I sing
if my beautiful idol
is far away from me?
Let him come
and then I’ll certainly sing!

Don’t tell me to play by the power of heaven,
or I will send you to where
there is no lack of other good musicians besides you!
No, no, no sir, no!
I won’t touch the keyboard.
To whom should I play
if my beloved is
far away from me?
Were he to come
then I would surely play!

Translated by:

Candace Magner

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  • Glenda Simpson Sings Barbara Strozzi (Currently Out of Print)

    Glenda Simpson, soprano, Camerata of London, Penelope Cave, harpsichord, Barry Mason, chitarrone/baroque guitar, Richard Boothby, bass viol

    Hyperion (1989) [Audio CD, DVD]

    • Track #3 - Giusta negativa, Op 2 (S, bc) [5:52]
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  • The Gentle Muse (Currently Out of Print)

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    Catherine Bott, soprano, Paula Chateauneuf, chitarrone/baroque guitar, Timothy Roberts, harpsichord, Frances Kelly, harp

    Carlton (1997) [Digital / MP3]

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