Mentre gira costei (Carlo Gesualdo)

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  • (Posted 2018-08-31)  CPDL #51083:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-08-31).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 75 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Mentre gira costei
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1596 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro quarto, no. 10

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Mentre gira costei,
Ora veloci or tardi,
Fieri e soavi suoi amorosi sguardi,
Sento ch’amor, qual timido angelletto,
Vola, fugge e rivola nel mio petto.
Deh, ver me volgi omai
Sempre sereni rai,
Che farà nel mio core
Suo dolce nido Amore.

English.png English translation

While she sends,
sometimes swift, sometimes tardy
her wild and tender loving looks,
I feel that Love, like a bashful cherub,
takes flight, flees and flutters in my breast.
Ah, who now sends to me
her ever shining rays,
so that in my heart
Love can make his sweet nest.