I am not an expert in Spanish but, as far as I understand, "silva" means
simply "collection" (primarily of poetry, but in this case of music).
It probably derives from the Latin word for "forest" (as a "collection" of
trees), but I would not translate it literally.
There are a number of similar titles from about the same period:
"Silva de varios romances"
"Silva de poesía"
So, I would translate the title as "A collection [of songs] of the sirens".


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Jurgen Frenz
Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 4:36 PM
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Subject: [LUTE] Meaning of title "Silva de Sirenas"

   Hello there,

   another thread on this list motivated me to ask - the title of
   Valderrabano's publication "Silva de Sirenas" renders if latin was the
   source language "Arctic Forest" which I would find hard to believe and
   _nothing_ when setting Google translate to Spanish as source.

   artic google.png

   Hence my suspicion that 500 year old Spanish was using words
   differently. But what does the title mean in English (German/French)
   today? Would anybody know?

   Thanks for helping, best wishes


   "There is a voice that doesn't use words. Listen."

   JalÄl ad-DÄ«n Muhammad Rumi

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