A un giro sol (Claudio Monteverdi)

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  • (Posted 2013-07-24)  CPDL #29699:       
Editor: Peter Rottländer (submitted 2013-07-24).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 129 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: A un giro sol
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
Lyricist: Battista Guarini

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: a cappella

First published: 1603 in Il quarto libro de madrigali a cinque voci (Claudio Monteverdi), no. 11

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

A un giro sol de' begl'occhi lucenti
ride l'aria d'intorno,
e 'l mar s'acqueta e i venti,
e si fa il ciel d'un altro lume adorno,
sol io le luci ho lagrimose e meste.
Certo quando nasceste
cosí crudel e ria,
nacque la morte mia.

English.png English translation

At a single glance from [your] beautiful shining eyes
the breeze laughs all around,
and the sea is calmed, the winds too,
and it's as if the sky were adorned with another light,
only my eyes are tearful and sad.
Truly, when you were born,
so cruel and wicked,
my death was born too.

English.png English translation

A single glance of sparkling eyes—
   the breezes laugh,
   the sea grows calm,
and in the sky, new radiance.
Mine are the only eyes that weep.
   When you were born
   so cruel, that’s when
   my death began.
Translation by Nicholas Jones