Donna per acquetar vostro desire (Andrea Gabrieli)

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  • (Posted 2019-12-15)  CPDL #56289:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2019-12-15).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 90 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: Donna per acquetar vostro desire
Composer: Andrea Gabrieli
Lyricist: Bartolomeo Gottifredicreate page

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1566 in Il primo libro de madrigali a 5 voci

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Donna, per acquetar vostro desire
Non m'è grave il morire,
Anzi il viver m'annoia;
Sapendo esser voler vostro ch'io muoia
Ben morrei più contento
S'io fossi innanzi a voi di vita spento,
E vi vedessi a sorte,
Lagrimar per pietà della mia morte.
Donna, s'in ciò quetassi il mio desire,
O che dolce morire.

English.png English translation

My lady, to appease your desire,
It is not hard for me to die,
As life wearies me;
Knowing it is your desire that I die
well would I die, happier,
if I were near you, with life spent,
and I might see you by chance;
Weep with pity at my death.
Lady, if I may calm my desire:
O how sweet to die.

Translation by Agarvin