Mentre ch'al mar descenderanno (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

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  • (Posted 2015-01-10)  CPDL #34230:       
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2015-01-10).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 87 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Parts and source available at IMSLP.

General Information

Title: Mentre ch'al mar descenderanno
Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Lyricist: Francesco Petrarca

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1555 in Il primo libro de madrigali a 4 voci, no. 21

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Mentre ch'al mar descenderanno i fiumi
et le fiere ameranno ombrose valli,
fia dinanzi a' begli occhi quella nebbia
che fa nascer d'i miei continua pioggia,
et nel bel petto l'indurato ghiaccio
che trâ del mio sì dolorosi vènti.

Canzoniere 66, v. 5
English.png English translation

As long as the sea receives the rivers
and the wild creatures love the shady valleys,
her lovely eyes will be concealed by cloud
that makes in mine one continuous rain,
and in her heart the unyielding ice
which draws from mine such sighing winds.

Translation by Anthony S. Kline ©