Ricordati, pagan, quando uccidesti (Jacquet de Berchem)

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  • (Posted 2015-01-11)  CPDL #34244:       
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2015-01-11).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 90 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Parts and source available at IMSLP.

General Information

Title: Ricordati, pagan, quando uccidesti
Composer: Jacquet de Berchem
Lyricist: Ludovico Ariosto

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SAAB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1561 in Primo secondo et terzo libro del capriccio, no. 4

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Ricordati, pagan, quando uccidesti
d’Angelica il fratel (che son quell’io),
dietro all’altr’arme tu mi promettesti
fra pochi dì gittar l’elmo nel rio.
Or se Fortuna (quel che non volesti
far tu) pone ad effetto il voler mio,
non ti turbare; e se turbar ti dei,
turbati che di fé mancato sei.

English.png English translation

Remember, pagan, when thine arm laid low
The brother of Angelica. That knight
Am I; thy word was plighted then to throw
After my other arms his helmet bright.
If Fortune now compel thee to forego
The prize, and do my will in thy despite,
Grieve not at this, but rather grieve that thou
Art found a perjured traitor to thy vow.

Translation by William Stewart Rose