Alessandro Grandi (±1586 – 1630): O quam tu pulchra es

There are quite a few good performances on YouTube  of Grandi’s motet based upon the Song of Songs for soloist with continuo accompaniment, including this very nice performance by Philippe Jaroussky one which tends to be overlooked is this rendition by Arianna Vendittelli, accompanied by Renato Criscuolo and Simone Vallerotornda of Musicaperduta. Enjoy :-).

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Video Source: Musica Perduta – Alessandro Grandi, O quam tu pulchra es – YouTube. Uploaded on Oct 12, 2010 by musicaperduta.

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Arianna Vendittelli, soprano
Renato Criscuolo, basso di violino/bass violin
Simone Vallerotornda, tiorba/therobo
Max Jacob ingegnere del suono

Text & Translation: O quam tu pulchra es

O quam tu pulchra es!
Quam pulchra es amica mea,
Quam pulchra es columba mea,
Quam pulchra es formosa mea,
O quam tu pulchra es!
Oculi tui columbarum,
Capilli tui sicut greges caprarum
Et dentes tui sicut greges tonsarum.
O quam tu pulchra es!
Veni de Libano,
Veni amica mea, columba mea, formosa mea.
O quam tu pulchra es!
Veni coronaberis, surge, propera,
Surge sponsa mea, surge dilecta mea,
Surge immaculata mea,
Surge, veni, quia amore langueo.

O how beautiful you are, my friend,
how beautiful you are, my dove,
how beautiful you are, my fair one.
O how beautiful you are!
Your eyes are like the dove’s,
your hair is fine like the goat’s,
your teeth are white like shorn lambs.
O how beautiful you are!
Come from the Lebanon,
come, my friend, my dove, my fair one.
O how beautiful you are!
Come, you will be crowned, arise, hasten,
arise, by bride, arise, my beloved,
arise, my unspotted one,
arise, come, for I die of love.

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