Morir non può 'l mio core (Maddalena Casulana)

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  • (Posted 2019-05-28)  CPDL #54373:       
Editor: Dirk Koopman (submitted 2019-05-28).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 26 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Various typos removed, unnecessary tied notes altered, missing flats restored.
  • (Posted 2015-10-26)  CPDL #37321:       
Editor: Dirk Koopman (submitted 2015-10-26).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 51 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2022-02-07)  CPDL #69907:   
Editor: Roberto Rilievi (submitted 2022-02-07).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 383 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Morir non può 'l mio core
Composer: Maddalena Casulana
Lyricist: Benedetto Panninicreate page

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1566 in Il Desiderio libro primo (Giulio Bonagiunta), no. 4

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Morir non può 'l mio core
E ucciderlo vorrei poi che vi piace
Ma trar non si può fuore
Dal petto vostr' ove gran tempo giace,
Ed uccidendol' io come desio,
So che morreste voi morend' anch'io.

English.png English translation

My heart cannot die:
to please you, I want to kill it,
but it can’t be ripped from your breast
where it has lived so long;
if I were to kill it—as I want to—
I know my death would be your death too.

Translation by Nicholas Jones