Arde il mio cor (Carlo Gesualdo)

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General Information

Title: Arde il mio cor
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1596 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro quarto, no. 13

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Arde il mio cor ed è sì dolce il foco
Che vive nell’ardore
Onde lieto si more.
O mia felice sorte,
O dolce, o strana morte!

English.png English translation

My heart burns and the fire is so sweet
That it lives in the blaze,
And thus dies joyfully.
O my blissful fate!
O sweet, O strange death!