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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Subject: [LUTE] Meaning of title "Silva de Sirenas"
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.
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."
JalÃl ad-DÃÂ«n Muhammad Rumi
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