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Che si può fare?

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Che si può fare? for SSA & piano/organ

This is an arrangement for Upper Voices and piano of a song by Barbara Strozzi.

Che si può fare?

Le stelle ribelle non hanno pietà;

s‘el cielo non dà un influsso di pace al mio penare,

Che si può fare?

Che si può dire?

How can I prosper?

The stars have no mercy against me they rise, against me the stars rebel.

If heaven does not give me peace to my suffering,

How can I prosper?

What can be spoken?

Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677) was a prolific publisher of her songs. This one comes from her Opus 8 collection, published in 1664. In the 17th century, it was unusual for a composer to publish so much; that Strozzi did so resulted in considerable public recognition for her. It has also ensured her legacy, latterly, as some of the original publications are freely available. Che si può fare? exists as a notated melody (albeit in a less recognisable notation) along with the written-out passacaglia bass line. Nothing else exists and has had to be constructed afresh. 

Che si può fare? 
Barbara Strozzi arr.
Olivia Sparkhall

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