Arcadelt: Il primo libro de madrigali a quattro voci.


Collection of madrigals in four parts (SATB) by Arcadelt and others.


Standardised TitleArcadelt: Il primo libro de madrigali a quattro voci.
Transcribed TitleARCHADELT / IL PRIMO LIBRO / DE MADRIGALI / A QVATTRO VOCI / Nouamente ristampato, & con ogni diligenza corretto.
ImprintIN VENETIA, Appresso Giamo Vincenti. M. D XCVII.
FormatCopy at K.2.h.8. Canto (16 leaves), Alto (16 leaves), Basso (16 leaves); Canto: [i], 1-30, [31] Alto: [i], 1-30, [31] Basso: [i], 1-4, 5-30, [31]; paper dimensions: 211 x 151 mm.
PlaceVenice, Italy
SubjectMadrigals, Italian
TypePrinted music

British Library K.2.h.8.

Related Resource

M.S. Lewis: Antonio Gardano, Venetian Music Printer 1538–1569: a Descriptive Bibliography and Historical Study (New York, 1988–97), no. 4.

T.W. Bridges: ‘The Publishing of Arcadelt’s First Book of Madrigals’ (diss., Harvard U., 1982), 353-56.


RISM B/I, 159717

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With alphabetical list of contents.

The book was printed more than fifty-eight times in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, starting with RISM B/I 153922. Attributions are sometimes conflicting in different editions.

Copy at K.2.h.8. Lacking the tenor part book.

Indexed names

Arcadelt, Jacob, ca. 1505-1568, composer.
Berchem, Jachet de, 16th cent., composer.  
Corteccia, Francesco, 1502-1571, composer.  
Vincenti, Giacomo, d. 1619, printer.

Table of Contents

Il bianco e dolce cigno / Archadelt -- Voi ve n’andate al cielo / Archadelt -- Pungente dardo ch’il mio cor / Giaches Berchem -- Ragion’è ben ch’alcuna volta / Giach[e]s Berchem -- Quanti travagli e pene / Corteccia -- Se per colpa del vostro fiero sdegno -- Ahime dov’è ‘l bel viso / Archadelt -- Occhi miei lassi / Archadelt -- Io vorrei pur fuggir / Corteccia -- Fammi pur guerr’amor / Corteccia -- Quant’é madonna mia folle / Archadelt -- Nova donna m’apparve / Archadelt -- Ancidetemi pur grievi martiri / Archadelt -- Dunque credete ch’io / Archadelt -- Quando co ‘l dolce suono / Archadelt -- O s’io potessi donna / Giachet Berchem -- Che piu foc’al mio foco / Archadelt -- Se vi piace signora / Archadelt -- Laßar’il velo / Archadelt -- Il ciel che rado virtu / Archadelt -- Io mi pensai che spento / Archadelt -- Bella Fioretta io vorrei pur lodarvi / Archadelt -- Se ‘l tuo partir mi spiacque / Archadelt -- Deh se lo sdegn’altiero / Archadelt -- Quai pomi mai qual’oro / Archadelt -- Non v’accorgete amanti / Corteccia -- Qual Clitia sempre al maggior lume / Archadelt -- Beneditti i martiri ch’io / Archadelt -- Vero infern’è‘l mio petto / Archadelt -- Quand’io penso al martire / Archadelt -- Quanta beltà qua[n]ta gratia / Archadelt -- Poß’io morir di mala morte -- Ahi se la donna mia / Archadelt.

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