Sunday, February 19, 2017

“Yo soy la locura”

Today’s Sunday Music selection features Montserrat Figueras, accompanied by Hespèrion XXI. The recording is from their 2007 Alia Vox album, Ludi Musici.

This setting for “Yo soy la locura” was composed by Henri de Bailly, who lived in the early 17th century. A rough translation of the original Spanish follows:

I am Folly
Which solely inspires
Pleasure, sweet feeling,
& joy in this world.

All serve my name,
Whether in great things or poor
Yet there is no man
Who thinks himself a fool.

You can find the original text at this link.

Image links to its source on Wiki Commons:
Giotto: The Seven Vices - Foolishness (1306, Fresco, 120 x 55 cm, Cappella degli Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua, Italy) – 1306
Public domain

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