Fortuna desperata is a secular Italian song, possibly originally by Busnois, (but others credit Antoine Brumel). It was used by many other authors in the following 75 years, for both variations and cantus firmus masses, and over 30 such reworkings are known. Words in the original Italian and in English and German are available at Choral Wiki .
The first verse is
- 'Fortuna desperata
- Iniqua e maledecta, maledecta
- Che de tal dona electa
- La fama hai denigrata.'
- 'Desperate fate,
- iniquitous and maledicted
- who blackened the good name
- of a woman beyond compare.'
Amongst the more well-known versions of the song are the 3-voice version by Busnois, its reworking for 6 voices by Alexander Agricola, a 3-part instrumental version possibly by Josquin, and a 3-voice version by Heinrich Isaac. See  for several others.
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