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Giusta negativa

Language: Italian (Italiano)

Non mi dite ch'io canti
poter d'amor, perché dirò che sete
de' musici il flagello e degli amanti.
No no no signor no,
bocca non aprirò.
A chi cantar dev'io
s'il bell'idolo mio
lungi è da me?
Venga l'idolo mio
ch'io canto affé.

Non mi dite ch'io suoni,
forza del ciel, vi manderò là dove
non mancano altri a voi musici buoni.
No no no signor no,
tasto non toccherò.
A chi sonar dev'io
s'il bell'idolo mio
lungi è da me?
Venga l'idolo mio
ch'io suono affé.

Translation(s): FRE

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Submitted by Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Refus juste", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2017-05-24 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2017-05-24 03:20:36

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Word count: 87

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Refus juste

Language: French (Français) after the Italian (Italiano)

Ne me dites pas de chanter
le pouvoir de l'amour, parce que je vous dirai que c'est
le fléau des musiciens et des amants.
Non, non, non, monsieur, non !
Je n'ouvrirai pas ma bouche.
À qui devrais-je chanter,
si ma belle idole
est loin de moi ?
Que mon idole vienne
et je chanterai sûrement.

Ne me dites pas de jouer,
par la force du ciel, je vous enverrai là où
on ne manque de bons musiciens autres que vous.
Non, non, non, monsieur, non !
Je ne toucherai pas aux touches.
Pour qui devrais-je jouer
si ma belle idole
est loin de moi ?
Que mon idole vienne
et je jouerai sûrement.

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Text added to the website: 2017-06-19 00:00:00.

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