Dovrò dunque morire (Pomponio Nenna)

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  • (Posted 2023-02-05)  CPDL #72525:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2023-02-05).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 326 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Dovrò dunque morire
Composer: Pomponio Nenna
Lyricist: Ottavio Rinuccini
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1609 in Il quarto libro de madrigali, 5vv (Pomponio Nenna), no. 18

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Dovrò dunque morire,
Pria che di nuovo io miri,
Voi bramata cagion de miei martiri?
Mio perduto tesoro,
Non potrò dirvi, pria ch'io mora: "Io moro?"
O miseria inaudita,
Non poter dir a voi: "Moro, mia vita!".
Possibly by Ottavio Rinuccini, but the author is unidentified.

English.png English translation

Must I die, then
before I see you again,
O sweet source of my martyrdom?
O my lost treasure,
can I not say to you before I die, "I die"?
O unheard-of grief!
not be able to say to you, "I die, O my life!"
Translation H. Wiley Hitchcock