Se vi duol il mio duolo (Carlo Gesualdo)

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  • (Posted 2009-04-11)  CPDL #19212:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Daniel Harmer (submitted 2009-04-11).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 54 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Se vi duol il mio duolo
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro quinto, no. 8

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Se vi duol il mio duolo
voi sola, anima mia,
potete far che tutto gioia sia.
Deh, gradite il mio ardore,
ch'arderà lieto nel suo foco il core,
e quel duol che vi spiace
in me sia gioia, in voi diletto e pace.

English.png English translation

If my sorrow saddens you,
you, my beloved, are the only one
who can turn my sorrows all to joy.
Alas, accept my passion:
the heart will gladly burn in its fire,
and that sorrow which displeases you
will turn to joy in me, and in you to delight and peace of mind.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank