O voi troppo felici (Carlo Gesualdo)

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  • (Posted 2009-04-18)  CPDL #19298:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Daniel Harmer (submitted 2009-04-18).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 35 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: O voi troppo felici
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro quinto, no. 12

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

O voi troppo felici,
che mirate il mio sóle
e cangiate con lui sguardi e paròle;
quel che a voi sopravanza, ahi, potessi io
raccór per cibo a gli occhi del cor mio.

English.png English translation

Oh you, too happy people,
Who look upon my sun
And exchange looks and words with him,
If only I could gather your leftovers
As food for the eyes of my heart.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank