Come havrà vita Amor (Ruggiero Giovannelli)

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  • (Posted 2022-04-15)  CPDL #68856:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2022-04-15).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 362 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Come havrà vita Amor
Composer: Ruggiero Giovannelli
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1599 in Il terzo libro de Madrigali a cinque voci, no. 6

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

"Come havrà vita,Amor, la vita mia,
S'ogn'hor langue il mio core?
Come havran fin le dolorose tempre
In cui vivo mai sempre,
S'all'hor che più sperai da voi conforto
Mi trafigesti à torto?"
Così dicea un Pastore,
Quando l'Aurora di fioretti il giorno
Vestiva i colli e le campagne intorno.

English.png English translation

"How can my life have life, Amor,
since my heart always languishes?
How could the grievous tempers
in which I constantly live come to an end,
if whenever I hoped for your consolation
you wounded me unjustly?"
So spoke a shepherd,
as dawn clothed the flowers,
the hills and the fields around.

Translation Paolo Quagliati