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Alba columba con sua verde rama

Three-voice madrigal by Bartolino da Padova


Florence: Biblioteca Medicea-Laurenziana, Palatino 87 (Squarcialupi Codex), fol. 105v-106 (3/2); San Lorenzo, Archivio Capitolare 2211 [palimpsest], fol. 9v-10;
London: British Library, Additional 29987, fol. 11v-12 (2/2);
Paris: Bibliothèque Nationale, fonds nouv. acq. français 6771 (Reina Codex), fol. 14v-15 (3/2).


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. Der Squarcialupi-Codex Pal. 87 der Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana zu Florenz, edited by Johannes Wolf and H. Albrecht, Lippstadt: Kistner and Siegel, 1955, p. 166.
2. Italian Secular Music: Bartolino da Padova, Egidius de Francia, Giulielmus de Francia, Don Paolo da Firenze, edited by W. Thomas Marrocco, Monaco: Editions de L'Oiseau-Lyre, 1975. Polyphonic Music of the Fourteenth Century IX, p. 1 (Pn6771).
3. GOZZI, Marco. [London, British Library 29987: Transcription and Commentary], 2 vols., dissertation, Cremona, Scuola di paleografica musicale, University of Pavia: 1984-1985.
4. GARFORTH, Constance C. The Lo Manuscript: A Trecento Collection, Ph.D. dissertation, Northwestern University: 1983.

Text Editions

CORSI, Giuseppe. Poesie musicali del Trecento, Bologna: Commissione per i testi di lingua, 1970, p. 239.


1. LI GOTTI, Ettore. 'Poesie musicali italiane del sec. XIV', Estratto dagli Atti della Reale Accademia di scienze, lettere e arti di Palermo, Ser. IV, IV/2, 1944 (1945).
2. The Works of Francesco Landini, edited by Leo Schrade, Monaco: Editions de L'Oiseau-Lyre, 1958. Polyphonic Music of the Fourteenth Century IV.
3. PETROBELLI, Pierluigi. 'Bartolino da Padova', Dizionario biografico degli italiani, Rome: 1960, p. 634.
4. GOLDINE, Nicole. 'Fra Bartolino da Padova, musicien de cour', Acta Musicologica, XXXIV (1962), pp. 154-155.
5. PETROBELLI, Pierluigi. 'Some dates for Bartolino da Padova', Studies in Music History: Essays for Oliver Strunk, edited by Harold Powers, Princeton/New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1968, pp. 105-109.
6. 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.
7. FELLIN, Eugene C. 'The notation-types of Trecento music', L'Ars nova italiana del Trecento IV: Certaldo 1975, 1978, pp. 211-224.
8. BAUMANN, Dorothea. Die dreistimmige italienische Lied-Satztechnik im Trecento, Baden-Baden: Valentin Koerner, 1979. Sammlung musikwissenschaftlicher Abhandlung no. 64, passim.
9. HALLMARK, Anne. 'Some evidence for French influence in northern Italy, c.1400', Studies in the Performance of Late Mediaeval Music, edited by Stanley Boorman, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983, pp. 193-226.
10. D'ACCONE, Frank. 'Una nuova fonte dell' "Ars nova" italiana: il codice di San Lorenzo, 2111', Studi Musicali, XIII (1984): 3-31.
11. NADAS, John. 'Editorial practices in early Quattrocento Florentine anthologies of secular polyphony', L'Ars nova italiana del Trecento VI: Certaldo 1984, Certaldo: Centro di Studio L'ars nova italiana, 1992.


1. Il Solazzo: music for a medieval banquet, Judith Malafronte, mezz-soprano, and Drew Minter, countertenor, The Newberry Consort (1990): Harmonia Mundi 907038.
2. Every Delight and Fair Pleasure, Lloyd Fleming, Tom Healey and Nick Tolhurst, tenors, Ensemble of the Fourteenth Century, directed by John Griffiths and John Stinson (1991): Move MD 3092.


Alba columba con sua verde rama
in nobile zardino nutricata
pax, pax nunziando in su l'al'F montata.

Pos= suo volo suso in verde scoglio
per riposarsi e, rimirando in zoso.
prese argumento di volar pi· suso.

PerchT gustava za i boni oduri
ch'eran la su tra fronde et altri fiuri.


A white dove, nourished in a noble garden
took to the wing, carrying a green branch.
and proclaiming: "peace, peace!".

It landed on a mossy rock to rest
and looking downwards it resolved to fly
upwards again, because

it was already enjoying the good smells
of greenery and flowers coming from up there.

Text revision and translation © Giovanni Carsaniga

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

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