I baci (Barbara Strozzi)

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  • (Posted 2020-04-19)  CPDL #58071:     
Editor: Rosemary Galton (submitted 2020-04-19).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 122 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: I baci
Composer: Barbara Strozzi

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: SS
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: Basso continuo

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Oh dolci, oh cari, oh desiati baci.
Unite l'alme vanno, su'l labro ad incontrarsi,
col bacio l'alme sanno nel cor gran colpi darsi.
Vezzosette si accordano, viperette si mordano;
ma sono i lor dolcissimi furori grand union dei cori.
Oh dolci, oh cari, oh desiati baci.
Bacia mia bocca, bacia, e taci.

English.png English translation

Oh sweet, oh dear, oh desirable kisses!
United souls come on these lips to meet,
with a kiss these souls are able to strike at the heart.
Charmingly they reconcile, spitefully they bite,
but it is in their sweet battle that hearts are joined.
Oh sweet, oh dear, oh desirable kisses!
Kiss my lips, kiss, and be silent.