Se tu fuggi (Carlo Gesualdo)

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  • (Posted 2009-04-23)  CPDL #19325:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Daniel Harmer (submitted 2009-04-23).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 42 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Se tu fuggi
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro quinto, no. 20

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Se tu fuggi, io non resto,
ché'l cor ti segue e grida:
“Ahi, cor crudele, ove impietà s'annida,
Dove te'n vai?” Deh, pria mi rendi il còre,
e poi te'n fuggi, e fugga teco Amóre.

English.png English translation

If you flee I shall not stay behind,
because my heart will follow you and cry out:
“Alas, cruel heart, devoid of pity,
Where are you going?” I beg you, return my heart,
and then flee – and let Love be gone with you.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank