La mia spietata sorte (Claudio Merulo)

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  • (Posted 2021-01-19)  CPDL #62446:         
Editor: Gerhard Weydt (submitted 2021-01-19).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 137 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: La mia spietata sorte
Composer: Claudio Merulo

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SAATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1579 Corona di madrigali a sei voci libro primo, no. 12

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Original text and translations

The Italian text reveals that it is spoken by a female voice, which is not visible in the translations.

Italian.png Italian text

La mia spietata sorte
Vuol che m’affliga e muoia,
priva d’ogni mio ben, d’ogni mio gioia.
O ch’infelice morte,
poi che mesta e scontenta
morir conviemmi, pria
Ch’io vegga voi, mio ben,
voi, vita mia.

German.png German translation

Mein unbarmherziges Schicksal
will, dass ich mich quäle und sterbe,
beraubt all meines Glücks, all meiner Freude.
Oh welch unglücklicher Tod,
da ich traurig und unglücklich
sterben soll, bevor
ich Euch sehe, mein Heil,
Euch, mein Leben.

Translation by Gerhard Weydt
English.png English translation

My merciless fate
wants me to agonize and die,
bereft of all my happiness, of all my joy.
Oh, what a miserable death,
since sad and grieved
I shall die before
I see you, my blessing,
you, my life.

Translation by Gerhard Weydt