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The solo song, Amarilli mia bella, from Caccini’s “Nuove Musiche” (Florence, 1602), performed by Phoebe Jevtovic Rosquist, soprano, and David Tayler, archlute. HD video from the “Saturday Night at the Movies” concert presented by the Early Music ensemble Voices of Music, January, 2014, in San Francisco.
Once a year, Voices of Music invites early music groups to participate in a day of filming in San Francisco. You provide the music, we provide the cameras, and we all watch the magic.
Musicologist Tim Carter identifies the poet as Alessandro Guarini (PRMA, 1988). An early form of this song circulated before 1600; in 1601 Caccini added the beautiful coda to the simple AABB form of the original, and made a great song even better. Our performance includes ornamentation and accompaniment in the style of the time.
Amarilli mia bella,
non credi o del mio cor
d’esser tu l’amor mio?
e se timor t’assale,
prendi questo mio strale
Aprimi il petto
e vedrai scritto in core:
Amarilli, Amarilli, Amarilli
è il mio amore.
Amarilli, my beautiful
Do you not believe, my heart’s desire
that it is you I love?
Believe it, and should a shadow of doubt appear–doubt not,
Take this arrow and open my heart, and written inside you will see
Amarilli is my love.