O dolorosa gioia (Carlo Gesualdo)

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  • (Posted 2009-03-19)  CPDL #19002:      (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Daniel Harmer (submitted 2009-03-19).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 47 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: O dolorosa gioia
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro quinto, no. 5

Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

O dolorosa gioia,
o soave dolore,
per cui quest'alma è mesta e lieta more!
O miei cari sospiri,
miei graditi martiri,
del vostro duol non mi lasciate privo
poiché sì dolce mi fa morto e vivo.

English.png English translation

Oh dolorous joy,
oh sweet suffering,
which makes this spirit sad, yet causes it to die happy!
Oh my sighs, so dear to me,
my welcome torment,
do not release me from the pain you bestow;
for so sweetly it makes me feel both dead and alive.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank