Era l'anima mia (Claudio Monteverdi)

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  • (Posted 2013-01-06)  CPDL #27982:     
Editor: Peter Rottländer (submitted 2013-01-06).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 165 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Basso continuo (unrealized):   Score information: A4, 1 page, 40 kB   
Edition notes:

Including Latin contrafactum Stabat Virgo

  • (Posted 1998-12-28)  CPDL #00266:  Icon_pdf_globe.gif
Editor: Jens Peter Jacobsen (submitted 1998-12-28).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 145 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: original madrigal, with Coppini's Latin Passiontide text added. File recovered using the WayBackMachine of

General Information

Title: Era l'anima mia
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Guarini (Rime 65))

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genres: Secular & SacredMadrigal

Languages: Latin, Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1605 in Il quinto libro de madrigali a cinque voci (Claudio Monteverdi), no. 3
    2nd published: 1607 in Musica tolta da I Madrigali di Claudio Monteverde, e d'altri autori … e fatta spiritual (Aquilino Coppini), no. 5

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Era l'anima mia.

Contrafactum Stabat Virgo

Latin.png Latin text

Stabat virgo Maria mestissimo dolore
languens ad crucem et flebat amare.
Et edidit ex ore tales voces:
"Quis te confixit in hoc duro ligno?
Quis mihi rapit vitam?
Fili mi, Iesu Christe,
et liquefacta languet
et solvitur in lachrymas amoris
anima mea dolens et langueo,
et morior dolore!

English.png English translation

Stood the Virgin Mary in saddest pain
languishing by the cross, and cried bitterly.
Thus proffered her mouth these words:
"Who nailed you to such cruel wood?
Who takes my life away from me?
My son, Jesus Christ:
languishes, weary,
and melts away in tears of love
my pained soul, and I grow weak,
and, of this pain, I die !"

Translation by Campelli