Io vorrei pur fuggir (Francesco Corteccia)

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  • (Posted 2020-01-07)  CPDL #56563:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2020-01-07).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 77 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2011-06-09)  CPDL #23698:        (Sibelius 6)
Editor: Walker Boyle (submitted 2011-06-09).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 85 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Io vorrei pur fuggir
Composer: Francesco Corteccia

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1539 in Il primo libro de' madrigali a 4 voci, no. 1.06

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Io vorrei pur fuggir, crudel amore,
dal tuo giog[o] aspr[o] e grave,
e scioglier[e] il cor dall'empie tue catene.
Ma s'io dolc[e] e soave inganno
ordisc[o] a quella speme ogn'ora,
ch'a forza del tuo impir, legato il tiene,
così nel foll[e] error[e] mi vivo,
e parmi ch'ogni picciol bene
mi paghi di mill[e] onte, e mille pene.

English.png English translation

I would certainly like to escape, cruel lover,
your harsh and heavy yoke,
and free the heart from your wicked chains.
But, as I create tricks of my own to distract
myself from that hope, time and time again,
so that the heart is bound by your wickedness,
I end up living in foolish deception,
and any punily positive event seems to repay
a thousand affronts, and a thousand sorrows.

Translation by Campelli