Altri che voi (Jacques Arcadelt)

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  • (Posted 2013-03-21)  CPDL #28577:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2013-03-21).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 99 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Altri che voi
Composer: Jacques Arcadelt

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1538 in Madrigali a cinque voci (Philippe Verdelot), Edition 1, no. 28

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Altri che voi so ben che non m'intende.
Quando agli ardenti rai neve divegno,
vostro gentile sdegno
forse ch'allor mia indignitate offende.
Oh, se questa temenza
non temprasse l'arsura che m'incende,
beato venir men! ché 'n lor presenza
m'è più caro il morir che 'l viver senza. (Petrarch)

English.png English translation

Translation by Anthony S. Kline
None can understand me as well as you.
When I melt like snow in the hot sun,
your gentle disdain
is perhaps because my unworthiness offends.
Oh, if that fear
did not quench the flame where I burn,
how blessed I'd be! For in your presence
it's sweeter to die than live without you.