Caro dolce ben mio (Alessandro Striggio)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-14)  CPDL #51946:     
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2018-11-14).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 79 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2013-08-19)  CPDL #29899:      (XML)
Editor: Renato Calcaterra (submitted 2013-08-19).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 93 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The source (MusicXML) file is zipped.

General Information

Title: Caro dolce ben mio
Composer: Alessandro Striggio

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1560 in Primo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 5
Description: The notes' values, accidentals and colourings are as in the manuscript, the coloured semibreves can be performed as dotted minimæ. The notes' values within the "ligaturæ" are semibreves. The “musica ficta” suggestion are in the MIDI and MusicXML files.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Caro dolce ben mio chi mi vi toglie
Come potrà giamai questo mio core
Viver senza di voi
Haimè che l'aspre doglie
E'l mio acerbo dolore
Mi fan misero e poi
Versar da gli occhi lassi
Lagrime ch'a pietà muovono'i sassi.

English.png English translation

My beloved, who is stealing you from me? How can this heart of mine live without you? Alas, this bitter pain, this harsh torment condemns me to misery, from my weary eyes drawing tears that move the very stones to pity.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank