Quivi sospiri pianti ed alti guai (Francesco Soriano)

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  • (Posted 2020-08-29)  CPDL #60320:       
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2020-08-29).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 79 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: Quivi sospiri pianti ed alti guai
Composer: Francesco Soriano
Lyricist: Dante Alighieri

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1581 in Il primo libro de madrigali à 5 voci (Venice: Angelo Gardano press)
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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Quivi sospiri pianti ed alti guai,
 risonavan per l'aer senza stelle,
 perche io al cominciar ne lagrimai,
Diverse lingue horribili favelle,
 Parole di dolore accenti d'ira,
 Voci alte e fioche e suon di man con elle.

English.png English translation

There sighs, complaints, and ululations loud
 resounded through the air without a star,
 whence I, at the beginning, wept thereat.
Languages diverse, horrible dialects,
 accents of anger, words of agony,
 and voices high and hoarse, with sound of hands.
Translation by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow