Madonna poi ch'uccider mi volete (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-14)  CPDL #51977:     
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2018-11-14).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 58 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: Madonna poi ch'uccider mi volete
Composer: Luca Marenzio

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1582 in Il terzo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 1
    2nd published: 1583 in Harmonia celeste (ed. Andreas Pevernage), Edition 1, no. 28
    3rd published: 1589 in Harmonia celeste (ed. Andreas Pevernage), Edition 2, no. 28
    4th published: 1594 in Florilegium (ed. Adrian Denss) – arr. for three voices and lute, no. 76

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Madonna poi che uccider mi volete
Non nego di morire,
Ma se con dolci sguardi voi potete
La mia vita finire,
Non e più giusta voglia
Ch'io muoia di dolcezza che di doglia?

English.png English translation

Lady, since you want to kill me
I cannot deny dying;
But if with sweet glances you can
end my life,
is it not a more just desire
that I die of sweetness than of pain?

Translation by Allen Garvin