Al lume delle stelle (Claudio Monteverdi)

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  • (Posted 2014-09-03)  CPDL #32853:       
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General Information

Title: Al lume delle stelle
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
Lyricist: Torquato Tasso

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SSTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1619 in Concerto: settimo libro de madrigali (Claudio Monteverdi), no. 22

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Al lume delle stelle
Tirsi, sotto un alloro,
si dolea lagrimando in questi accenti:
«O celesti facelle,
di lei ch’amo ed adoro
rassomigliate voi gli occhi lucenti.
Luci care e serene,
sento gli affanni, ohimè, sento le pene;
luci serene e liete,
sento le fiamme lor mentre splendete.»

English.png English translation

By light of the stars
Tirsi, under a laurel,
laments in this tone:
‘Oh, heavenly torches,
of whom I love and adore
you remind me the bright eyes.
Beloved and serene lights,
I feel my loss, alas, and my woe;
serene and joyful lights,
I feel your flames as you flicker.