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Un pellegrin uccel gentil e bello

madrigal by Paolo da Firenze


Paris: Bibliothèque Nationale, fonds italien 568, fol. 38v-39 (2/2).


1. 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. 183.
2. The Music of Fourteenth-Century Italy, edited by Nino Pirrotta and Ursula Günther, Rome: American Institute of Musicology. Corpus Mensurabilis Musicae 8/VI. [forthcoming]

Text Editions

CORSI, Giuseppe. Poesie musicali del Trecento, Bologna: Commissione per i testi di lingua, 1970, p. 272.


NEWES, Virginia E. 'The relationship of text to imitative technique in 14th century polyphony', Musik und Text in der Mehrstimmigkeit des 14. und 15. Jahrhunderts, edited by U. Günther and L. Finscher, Kassel: Bärenreiter, 1984, pp. 121-154.


Un pellegrin uccel gentil e bello
seguie uno sparver di pugn'uscito
a una donna. Richiamando quello

la bella donna, che non sie rapito
da s8 rapace uccel, qual'era quello
che seguie lo sparver da lei partito.

forza d'amor, che in quell'uccel s'accolse.
lo sparver che tornava indietro volse.


A noble and beautiful peregrine falcon
was following a sparrow-hawk lifting off the fist
of a woman. The beautiful woman

called it back, so that it would not be taken
by a larger bird of prey, such as the one
following the bird which flew off her hand.

The strength of love which was within that bird
made the returning sparrow-hawk change its course.

Text revision and translation © Giovanni Carsaniga

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

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