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Track(s) taken from CDH55148

Vergene bella

author of text
first stanza of the final poem of Canzoniere

The Hilliard Ensemble
Recording details: February 1989
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: November 1990
Total duration: 4 minutes 11 seconds

Cover artwork: The effects of good government (fresco fragment, 1337-1340) by Ambrogio Lorenzetti (d1348)
Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

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Catherine Bott (soprano), Pavlo Beznosiuk (fiddle), Mark Levy (fiddle)
Petrarch’s poem Vergene bella is a plea to the Virgin for help in a man’s struggle with his life; it would have been blasphemous to say so in Dufay’s lifetime, but the lyric is almost like a troubadour’s plea to his beloved and distant lady. The difference is that the singer trusts completely in the Virgin: ‘You have never turned away—hear my prayer.’

from notes by Catherine Bott © 2006

Dans la mise en musique du poème de Pétrarque, Vergene bella, un homme en proie aux difficultés de la vie supplie la Vierge de l’aider. Le dire au temps de Dufay aurait été blasphématoire, mais cette chansons ressemble presque à la supplique d’un troubadour à sa dame, lointaine et bien-aimée, à cette différence près qu’ici, le héros a une confiance absolue en la Vierge: «Tu ne t’es jamais détournée, entends ma prière.»

extrait des notes rédigées par Catherine Bott © 2006
Français: Hypérion

Petrarcas Gedicht Vergene bella handelt es sich um einen Appell an die Jungfrau Maria, einem Mann bei der Bewältigung seines Lebens zu helfen; zu Lebzeiten Dufays hätte es als lästerlich gegolten, so etwas zu sagen, aber der Text ähnelt sehr dem Appell eines Troubadours an seine geliebte und ferne Dame. Der Unterschied ist nur, dass der Sänger der Jungfrau vollkommen vertraut: „Du wandtest dich nie ab, erhöre mein Gebet.“

aus dem Begleittext von Catherine Bott © 2006
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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