Io seguo ardente (Giulio Eremita)

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Editor: Gerhard Weydt (submitted 2020-06-17).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 72 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: transposed one note higher

General Information

Title: Io seguo ardente
Composer: Giulio Eremita
Lyricist:

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1589 in Il secondo libro de madrigali a cinque voci; 1589; Venezia; Ricciardo Amadino
  2nd published: 1590 in Gemmae musicalis Liber Tertius, no. 33

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Io seguo ardente fiamma che mi fugge
E fuggendo mi strugge.
Ahi, fatto strano e rio:
Per non morir si fugge il foco, et io
Vivrei felice a pieno
S’arder potessi alla mia fiamma in seno.

German.png German translation

Ich folge brennend der Flamme, die mich flieht,
und fliehend mich verzehrt.
Ach, seltsame und boshafte Tatsache:
um nicht zu sterben, flieht man das Feuer, und ich
würde völlig glücklich leben,
wenn ich verbrennen könnte an der Flamme in meiner Brust.

Translation by Gerhard Weydt