O sole, o stelle, o luna (Orazio Vecchi)

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Editor: Gerhard Weydt (submitted 2020-12-08).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 148 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: transposed down a minor third, because the score uses chiavette.
Editor: Gerhard Weydt (submitted 2020-12-03).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 148 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: original pitch

General Information

Title: O sole, o stelle, o luna
Composer: Orazio Vecchi

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1587 in Canzonette Libro I a 6 voci (Venezia, 1587)
  2nd published: 1590 in Gemmae musicalis Liber Tertius, no. 16


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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

O Sole, ò stelle, ò luna,
O cielo, ò terr‘,ò Mar, ò mia fortuna!
Ahi, sort’ acerba e ria,
Solo da voi nasce la pena mia.

German.png German translation

Oh Sonne, oh Sterne, oh Mond,
oh Himmel, oh Erde, oh Meer, oh mein Geschick!
Ach, grausames und boshaftes Schicksal,
nur von Euch stammt mein Leid.

Translation by Gerhard Weydt

English.png English translation

O sun, o stars, o moon,
o heaven, o earth, o sea, o my fortune!
Alas, cruel and wicked destiny,
only from you stems my grief.

Translation by Gerhard Weydt

French.png French translation

O soleil, o étoiles, o lune,
o ciel, o terre, o mer, o ma fortune!
Hélas, destin cruel et méchant,
seulement de toi naît ma peine.

Translation by Gerhard Weydt