Quanto ha di dolce amore (Carlo Gesualdo)

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Editor: Daniel Harmer (submitted 2008-03-31).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 61 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: The time signature varies through 4/4, and 4/2. This made it virtually impossible to use with parts. The time signature is now 4/4 throughout. No other changes were made. Scroll down to 2. Quanto ha di dolce Amore, Seconda parte.

General Information

Title: Quanto ha di dolce amore (Seconda Parte)
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1594 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro primo, no. 2
Description: Second part of Baci soavi e cari.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Quanto ha di dolce, Amore,
perchè sempre io vi baci,
o dolcissime rose,
in voi tutto ripose.

Deh, deh, s'io potessi
ai vostri dolci baci
La mia vita finire,
O che dolce morire!

English.png English translation

To make me kiss you incessantly,
sweetest roses,
Love has given you
everything irresistible that lies within his power.

Alas, if only
in the midst of your sweet kisses
I could end my life,
what a sweet death that would be.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank
Portuguese.png Portuguese translation

Para que sempre eu vos beije,
ó dulcíssimas rosas,
o Amor vos presenteou
com o que há de mais doce.

Ah, se eu pudesse ao menos
entre vossos doces beijos
a minha vida findar,
ó que doce morrer!

Translation by Carlos Augusto Mourão