Di questo Orlando avea gran doglia (Jacquet de Berchem)

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  • (Posted 2019-12-20)  CPDL #56358:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2019-12-20).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 76 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: Di questo Orlando avea gran doglia
Composer: Jacquet de Berchem
Lyricist: Ludovico Ariosto

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1561 in Primo secondo et terzo libro del capriccio (Venice: Antonio Gardano press), no. 20

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Di questo Orlando avea gran doglia, e seco
indarno a sua sciochezza ripensava.
Cor mio, dicea, come vilmente teco
mi son portato! ohimè, quanto mi aggrava
che potendoti aver notte e dì meco,
quando la tua bontà non mel negava,
t’abbia lasciato in man di Namo porre,
per non sapermi a tanta ingiuria opporre!

English.png English translation

This in Orlando moved great grief, and he
Lay thinking on his folly past in vain:
My heart, he said, oh! how unworthily
I bore myself! and out, alas! what pain,
(When night and day I might have dwelt with thee,
Since this thou didst not in thy grace disdain.)
To have let them place thee in old Namus' hand!
Witless a wrong so crying to withstand.

Translation by William Rose (1775-1843)