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Silentio nocivo

Quartet originally for Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass with basso continuo.
Original Language: Italian

Dolcissimi respiri
De’ nostri cori amanti
Son le parole affettuose e i canti.
Sfoga, o mio core, il tuo cocente ardore,
Se tal'hor non ti tocca
Nodrirti almen di due soavi baci.
Afflittissima bocca,
Stolta sei se tu taci:
Parla, canta, respira, esala il duolo,
Canta, canta, che solo
Dolcissimi respiri...

Giulio Strozzi

Harmful silence

Sweetest breaths
are the passionate words and songs
of our loving hearts.
Express, oh my heart, your burning desire,
when at times you cannot
at least nourish yourself with two sweet kisses.
Afflicted mouth,
you're foolish if you remain silent:
Speak, sing, divulge your suffering,
sing, sing, for only
Sweetest breaths...

Translated by:

Richard Kolb

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Silentio Nocivo

Published by Cor Donato Editions in historically correct modern transcription, including critical introductory notes on the work, editorial procedures, original Italian texts with new English translations, and other contextual information about the piece.

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  • Barbara Strozzi: Il Primo de Madrigali

    Orlando di Lasso Ensemble

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

    • Disc #1 / Track #4 - Silentio nocivo (SATB, lute, vlg, org) [4:32]
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  • Barbara Strozzi: Virtuosissima Compositrice

    Cappella Mediterranea, Leonardo García Alarcón

    Ambronay (2009) [Audio CD, Digital / MP3]

    • Silentio nocivo - Dolcissimi respiri, Op 1 (SATB, bc) [4:51]
  • Parla, Canta, Respira

    Lise Viricel, Peter de Laurentiis, Le Stelle, Erri de Luca

    Seuletoile (2021) [Audio CD]

    • Track #16 - Silentio nocivo (soprano, bc) [4:26]
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  • Primo Libro de' Madrigali

    La Venexiana

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

    • Silentio nocivo - Dolcissimi respiri, Op 1 (SATB, bc) [4:16]