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Sources used for collation: AnGa-1594; AnGa-1603; Ma-Ga-1614

Other sources: Ka-1601; Ph-1609; Ph-heirs-1632

Measures Sources – Voices Variants
9 Ma-Ga-1614 – C

M c4 not dotted

12 Ma-Ga-1614 – C

last M g4 instead of f4

25 AnGa-1603 – C

a3 SM instead of F

Ma-Ga-1614 – M c4 not dotted
Ma-Ga-1614 – last M g4 instead of f4
AnGa-1603 – a3 SM instead of F
Lines Sources – Voices Variants

AnGa-1594 – B

verde e

AnGa-1603 – C2A2T2B2Q2


AnGa-1603 – T2


AnGa-1603 – C2,3A2,3T2,4B2,3Q2,4


AnGa-1603 – TQ


AnGa-1595 – C1A1T1B1Q1

Ma-Ga-1614 – C1A1T1B1Q1,2

verde e (AnGa-1594 – B)
Ninf'e (AnGa-1603 – C2A2T2B2Q2 )
Ninf'e (AnGa-1603 – T2 )
Fill'al (AnGa-1603 – C2,3A2,3T2,4B2,3Q2,4 )
Aur'al (AnGa-1603 – TQ)
ball'Amori (AnGa-1595 – C1A1T1B1Q1 )
ball'Amori (Ma-Ga-1614 – C1A1T1B1Q1,2 )

Edition and commentary

Ecco Maggio seren, chi l’ha vestito

Giovanni Battista Strozzi the Elder

Madrigal: AbbAacC

Ecco Maggio seren, chi l’ha vestitoBehold serene May, who has clad him
Di sì bel verd’e giallo?in such lovely green and yellow?
Ninfe e Pastori al ballo!Nymphs and Shepherds, to the dance!
Al ballo, Ninfe e Dii, per ogni lito!To the dance, Nymphs and Gods, on every shore!
Ecco Maggio fiorito;Behold flowery May:
Filli al ballo e tu Clori,to the dance, Phyllis, and you, Chloris,
Grazie al ballo, al ball’Aure, al ballo Amori!to the dance, O Graces, to the dance, O Zephyrs, to the dance, O Cupids!

English translations of madrigal texts based with permission on those by Kathryn Bosi, The complete five voice madrigals: for mixed voices / IV, The sixth and seventh books. New York: Gaudia Music and Arts, 1996.

Contemporary editions

Giovanni Battista Strozzi, Madrigali, ed. Lorenzo and Filippo Strozzi, Florence: Sermatelli, 1593; Ghilranda [sic] dell’aurora, scelta di madrigali de’ più famosi autori di questo secolo, ed. Pietro Petracci, Venice: B. Giunti and G.B. Ciotti, 1609. See Chater, “Family Matters”, 129. Chater also lists the principal manuscript sources for this piece, originally written for a “Calendimaggio”.