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Angelica bilta venut'F in terra

Two-voice ballata by Francesco Landini


Florence: Biblioteca Medicea-Laurenziana, Palatino 87 (Squarcialupi Codex), fol. 123v-124 (2/2);
Paris: Bibliothèque Nationale, fonds italien 568, fol. 64 (2/2).


1. GANDOLFI, Riccardo. Musica Toscana, Florence: 1893, (Fl87).
2. Il Codice Squarcialupi edited by F. Alberto GALLO, Lucca: Libreria Musicale Italiana, 1992.


1. WOLF, Johannes. 'Musica fiorentina nel secolo XIV', La nuova musica, Appendice musicale I-III (1899,1900,1901), Vol. I, p. 108.
2. Geschichte der Musik in Beispielen, edited by Arnold Schering, Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1931, no. 23, p. 16.
3. The Works of Francesco Landini, edited by Leonard Ellinwood, Cambridge/Massachusetts: The Mediaeval Academy of America, 1939, p. 48.
4. Examples of Music Before 1400, edited by Harold Gleason, Rochester, New York: Eastman School of Music Series, 1942, p. 103 (Fl87).
5. Der Squarcialupi-Codex Pal. 87 der Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana zu Florenz, edited by Johannes Wolf and H. Albrecht, Lippstadt: Kistner and Siegel, 1955, p. 204.
6. The Works of Francesco Landini, edited by Leo Schrade, Monaco: Editions de L'Oiseau-Lyre, 1958. Polyphonic Music of the Fourteenth Century IV, p. 54.

Text Editions

CORSI, Giuseppe. Poesie musicali del Trecento, Bologna: Commissione per i testi di lingua, 1970, p. 141.


1. GANDOLFI, R. 'Di una ballata con musica del secolo XIV', La nuova musica, I/12 (1896), p. 2.
2. ELLINWOOD, Leonard. 'Francesco Landini and his music', Musical Quarterly, XXII (1936), pp. 197-198.
3. GÜNTHER, Ursula. 'Die "anonymen" Kompositionen des Ms. Paris BN, fonds ital, 568 (Pit)', Archiv für Musikwissenschaft, XXIII (1966), p. 77.
4. COVINGTON, K. 'A theory of dissonance in the fourteenth-century', Indiana Theory Review, II/1 (1978): 29-40.


1. Medieval and Renaissance Music for the Irish and Medieval Harps, Viele, Recorders and Tambourin, Elena Polonska, Guy Durand, Roger Cotte: Turnabout TVS 34019/TV 4019 (GB/USA).
2. Decameron: Ballate Monodiques de L'Ars Nova Florentine, Esther Lamandier (voice, portative organ, harp, vielle, lut (1980): Astrée AS 56 (FRA).


Angelica bilta venut'F in terra.

Dunque ciascun, ch'ama veder bellezza.
virt+, atti vezosi e legiadria.
Venga a veder costei, chT sol vagheza.
ara di lei, s8 com'ha l'alma mia.
Ma non credo con pace tanta guerra.


An angel-like beauty has come to earth.

Therefore whoever wishes to look upon beauty.
virtue, graceful manners and charm.
should come to behold her: all his desires
will be for her, as my soul's are.
But I do not believe that the turmoil of emotions she inspires
will bring anyone peace.

Text revision and translation © Giovanni Carsaniga

Content Approved by: MMDB Director
Last updated: Wednesday, 19 March 2003

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