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Povero pellegrin salit' el monte

madrigal by Niccolò da Perugia with text by Franco Sacchetti


Florence: Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana XL 43, fol. 46 (text); Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana XC 37, fol. 119v (text); Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Ashburnham 574, fol. 21v (text); Biblioteca Medicea-Laurenziana, Palatino 87 (Squarcialupi Codex), fol. 84 (2/2); Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Palatino 204, fol. 162v (text); Biblioteca Riccardiana 1118, fol. 109v (text);
London: British Library, Additional 29987, fol. 51v (1/0);
Parma: Biblioteca Palatina, Parmense 1081, fol. 91v (text);
Rome: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Chigiano L.VIII.300, p. . 64 (text); Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Chigiano M.VII.142, fol. 75 (text), 139 (text); Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, latino 3213, fol. 337 (text); Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Patetta 352, p. . 41 (text).


1. The Manuscript London, British Museum Add. 29987, facsimile edition by Gilbert Reaney, [n.p.]: American Institute of Musicology, 1965. Musicological Studies and Documents 13, (Lo).
2. Il Codice Squarcialupi edited by F. Alberto GALLO, Lucca: Libreria Musicale Italiana, 1992.


1. LI GOTTI, Ettore and Nino PIRROTTA. Il Sacchetti e la tecnica musicale del Trecento italiano, Florence: Sansoni, 1935.
2. Der Squarcialupi-Codex Pal. 87 der Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana zu Florenz, edited by Johannes Wolf and H. Albrecht, Lippstadt: Kistner and Siegel, 1955, p. 127.
3. Italian Secular Music: Anonymous Madrigals and Cacce and the Works of Niccolò da Perugia, edited by W. Thomas Marrocco, Monaco: Editions de L'Oiseau-Lyre, 1972. Polyphonic Music of the Fourteenth Century VIII, p. 172.
4. KELLY, Stephen K. The Works of Niccolò da Perugia, 2 vols., Ph.D. dissertation, The Ohio State University, 1974.
5. GOZZI, Marco. [London, British Library 29987: Transcription and Commentary], 2 vols., dissertation, Cremona, Scuola di paleografica musicale, University of Pavia: 1984-1985.
6. GARFORTH, Constance C. The Lo Manuscript: A Trecento Collection, Ph.D. dissertation, Northwestern University: 1983.

Text Editions

1. Cantilene e ballate, strambotti e madrigale nei secoli XIII e XIV, edited by Giosuè Carducci, Pisa: Nistri, 1871, p. 264.
2. Sacchetti, Franco. Il libro delle rime, edited by A. Chiari, Bari: Laterza, 1936, p. 124.


1. AGENO, Franca. 'Rime estravaganti del Sacchetti', Lettere italiane, XIII (1961), p. 10.
2. FELLIN, Eugene C. A Study of Superius Variants in the Sources of Italian Trecento Music: Madrigals and Cacce, Ph.D. dissertation, University of Wisconsin: 1970, passim.
3. FELLIN, Eugene C. 'The notation-types of Trecento music', L'Ars nova italiana del Trecento IV: Certaldo 1975, 1978, pp. 211-224.
4. GALLO, F. Alberto. 'The musical and literary tradition of 14th century poetry set to music', Musik und Text in der Mehrstimmigkeit des 14. und 15. Jahrhunderts, edited by U. Günther and L. Finscher, Kassel: Bärenreiter: 1984, pp. 55-76.


Povero pelegrin salito al monte
mi veggio lasso e scender a la valle.
dov'F tostano e scuro ogni suo calle.

E erta vana, dilettosa e falsa.
quanto se' vaga a l'ignorante ingegno!
Guai a chi passa e non riguarda il segno.

Passato sono, e sto e vo e corro:
stella mi doni lume, a cui ricorro.


I, a poor pilgrim, having climbed the mountain.
feel tired, and make my way down to the valley
where every path is dark and short.

O delectable, vain and worthless climb.
how easily you lure the ignorant mind!
It's dangerous to pass and miss the sign.

I have come that way; and stay, and go, and run;
may the star give me light to which I turn.

Text revision and translation © Giovanni Carsaniga

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

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