La Villanella

Scoring

Soprano soli, Alto soli, SATB choir

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Details

3:00
1996

Chanticleer

Chanticleer

Chanticleer
The Princeton Singers on "Old, New, Borrowed, Blues"
Steven Sametz, director

Oxford University Press Cat. No. 95.325

Program Notes

“O come bali bene bela bimba”
(O how well you dance, beautiful girl)

Text / translation

Varda che passa
La villanella!
Osce che bella
Fainamorar!

Refrain:
O come bali bene bela bimba, 
Bela bimba, bela bimba bali ben!

Varda quel Vecio
Soto la scala,
Osce che bala ch’el ga ciapa!

Marda quel merlo
Dentro la gabbia, Osce che rabbia ch’el ga ciapa!

Translation

Look who is walking by
The village girl!
O how beautiful she is
She’ll make you fall in love!

Refrain:

Oh how well you dance, Beautiful girl,
Beautiful girl, you dance so well!

Look at the old man
Sitting under the stairs
What a story he has got!

Look at the crow
In the birdcage
O how mad she is!

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