Musica transalpina : the second booke of madrigalles to 5 and 6 voices translated out of sundrie Italian authors.


Collection of 24 Italian madrigals given English texts, for 5 or 6 voices, with table of contents.


Standardised TitleMusica transalpina : the second booke of madrigalles to 5 and 6 voices translated out of sundrie Italian authors.
Transcribed TitleMUSICA TRANSALPINA. / CANTVS. / THE SECOND BOOKE / OF / Madrigalles, to 5. and 6. voices: / translated out of sundrie / Italian Authors.
ImprintNEWLY PVBLISHED / BY / NICOLAS YONGE. / AT LONDON / Printed by Thomas Este. / 1597.
FormatCopy at K.3.k.20. Cantus (14 leaves), Altus (14 leaves), Tenor (14 leaves), Bassus (14 leaves), Quintus (14 leaves), Sextus (6 leaves); paper dimensions: 203 x 142 mm.
PlaceLondon, England
TypePrinted music

British Library K.3.k.20.

Related Resource

Jeremy Smith, Thomas East and music publishing in renaissance England (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2003), Appendix 4, no. 28.


RISM B/I, 159724

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The first 16 madrigals for 5 voices; the final 8 madrigals for 6 voices.

On the title page verso is printed a large coat of arms, facing a dedication page to Sir Henry Lennard.

Copy at K.3.k.20. Notes in manuscript on the table of contents of the quintus part book.

Indexed names

Bicci, Antonio, 1552-1614, composer. 
Croce, Giovanni, ca. 1557-1609, composer. 
Eremita, Giulio, ca. 1550-ca. 1600, composer. 
Feliciani, Andrea, d. 1596, composer. 
Ferrabosco, Alfonso, 1543-1588, composer. 
Marenzio, Luca, 1553-1599, composer. 
Nanino, Giovanni Maria, 1543 or 4-1607, composer. 
Pallavicino, Benedetto, ca. 1551-1601, composer. 
Quintiani, Lucretio, b. ca. 1555, composer. 
Vecchi, Orazio, 1550-1605, composer. 
Venturi del Nibbio, Stefano, fl. 1592–1600, composer. 
East, Thomas, 1540?-1608?, printer. 
Lennard, Henry, Sir, 1570-1616, dedicatee. 
Yonge, Nicholas, d. 1619, publisher. 
Thomas East (Firm), printer.

Table of Contents

The white delightfull swanne / Horatio Vecchi -- Zephirus brings the time [that] sweetly senteth / Alfonso Ferabosco -- So farre, deere life, from thy bright beames absented / Giulio Eremita -- Cinthia thy song & chau[n]ting / Giovanni Croce -- Fly if [you] wilt be flying / Giulio Eremita -- At sound of hir sweet voice & words betraying / Lucretio Quintiani -- Browne is my Love but gracefull / Alfonso Ferabosco -- The wine that I so deerly got, sweetly sipping / Alfonso Ferabosco -- Dolorous morneful cares, ruthles tormenting / Luca Marenzio -- In flowre of Aprill springing / Alfonso Ferabosco -- Hills & woods, craggs & rocks / Lucretio Quintiani -- Lady my flame stil burning (first part) / Alfonso Ferabosco -- Sweet Lord, your flame still burning (second part) / Alfonso Ferabosco -- Sweet sparkle of Loves fire / Gio. Maria Nanino -- Now springs each plant to heaven aloft aspriring / Lucretia Quintiani -- Sweet eyes, admiring you I am left hartles / Ste. Venturi -- Love quench this heat co[n]suming / Benedetto Palavacino -- Cruell, why dost thou flye mee / Benedetto Palavacino -- O gratious & worthiest of each creature / Giovanni Croce -- Shall I live so farre distant from thee my deare / Luca Marenzio -- So saith my faire & beautifull Licoris / Luca Marenzio -- For griefe I dye enraged / Andrea Feliciane -- Daintie white pearle, & you fresh smiling Roses / Antonio Bicci -- Hard by a Cristall fountaine / Giovanni Croce.

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