A che tormi il ben mio (Claudio Monteverdi)

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General Information

Title: A che tormi il ben mio

Composer: Claudio Monteverdi

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1587 in Il primo libro de madrigali a cinque voci (Claudio Monteverdi), no. 3


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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

A che tormi il ben mio
s'io dico di morire?
Questo, madonna, è troppo gran martire.
Ahi vita, ahi mio tesoro,
e perderò il ben mio con dir ch'io moro?

English.png English translation

Why take my love from me
if I speak of dying?
This, my lady, is too great a trial.
Ah life, ah my treasure!
and will I lose my love for saying I die?