Que Dulcemente

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From Black Market, released November 9, 2015
Arranged by Drew Jurecka
Written by José Marin (1618-1699)


Qué dulcemente suena
entre esos verdes sauces
-animada tiorba-
un ruiseñor, envidia de las aves.

How sweetly sings
among those green willows
a nightingale, a living theorbo, envy of the birds.

Sus quiebros son suspiros
y endechas sus compases,
que ya en su triste suerte,
sólo el alivio de la pena, cabe.

Its trills are sighs,
its measures are plaints,
for all its sad fate now allows it
is to ease its sorrow in lamenting.

No envidia su fortuna
pero siente el ultraje,
que armado de rigores
el torpe olvido a sus blasones hace.

It does not envy their fortune
but feels the outrage
that, armed with rigour,
dull oblivion is causing to its honour.

En el silencio mudo
pasó la mayor parte
del siglo de su vida,
que es de discretos el quejarse tarde.

It has spent most
of its long life
in mute silence,
for the timid leave their lamenting late.

Suspende el llanto triste,
Oh ruiseñor suave!
pues ves que los laureles
sólo se crían para los cobardes.

Cease your sad weeping, o gentle nightingale,
for laurels now are
grown only for cowards.


from BLACK MARKET, released October 28, 2015
featuring Drew Jurecka: Hardanger fiddle
Sylvain Bergeron: Lute
Joe Phillips: Bass



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Erin Cooper Gay Toronto, Ontario

Erin Cooper Gay is a remarkably versatile and spirited musician. An affinity for collaboration compels her to seek out other artists who want to break ground and create new sound worlds.
A professional french horn player from the age of 19, having appeared with the Toronto Symphony for the past 11 years, she draws upon her eclectic background to pave the way as a kind of musical craftsman.
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