by Giuseppe Palomba (flourished 1769-1825)
Translation © by Andrew Schneider

Chi vuol la zingarella
Language: Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG GER
Chi vuol la zingarella
Graziosa accorta e bella?
Signori, eccola qua.
Signori, eccola qua.

Le donne sul balcone 
So bene indovinar.
I giovani al cantone
So meglio stuzzicar.

A vecchi innamorati
Scaldar fo le cervella.


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):

  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "Who desires the gipsy girl", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Andrew Schneider) , "Who desires the fair gypsy-maiden?", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Wer begehrt das Zigeunermädchen", copyright © 2001, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 10
Word count: 35

Who desires the fair gypsy‑maiden?
Language: English  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Who desires the fair gypsy-maiden,
graceful, shrewd, and pretty?
Behold her, gentlemen.

I can easily discern
the whims of genteel ladies,
and I am especially gifted
at teasing young men
in the street.
Of old men in love, well,
I cause their hearts to burn up!


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This text was added to the website: 2018-06-09
Line count: 10
Word count: 46