Throwback Thursday: “A Lieta Vita,” Giovanni Gastoldi

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Oh you think this is, “In dir est Freude?”  Oh aren’t you clever.  And yet – it isn’t!  Ha!  Fooled you!  Gosh, isn’t this blog fun.  This is a secular madrigal written in 16th century Italy by Giovanni Gastoldi to the tune of IDEF.  Lyrics and translation below.  Google Translate turned this into gibberish, but, as you can probably guess, since it’s a peppy secular song in Italian, it seems to be about love and happiness.  So that’s nice.

 

A lieta vita
amor c’in vita
Fa la la la la la fa la la la.
Chi gior brama
se di cor ama
donerá il core
a un tal signore.
Fa la la la la la fa la la la.
<2>
Hor lieta homai
scacciando i guai
Fa la la la la la fa la la la.
Quanto ci resta
viviamo in festa
e diam l’honore
a un tal signore.
Fa la la la la la fa la la la.
<3>
Chi a lui non crede
Privo è di fede.
Fa la la la la la fa la la la.
Onde haver merta
Contra se aperta
L’ira e’l furore
D’un tal Signore.
Fa la la la la la fa la la la.
<4>
Ne fuggir giova
Ch’ogli ognun trova:
Fa la la la la la fa la la la.
Veloci ha l’ali
E foco e strali.
Dunque s’adore
Un tal Signore.
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