Or che farà? (Francesco Eredi)

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Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2021-04-23).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 361 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Or che farà?
Composer: Francesco Eredi
Lyricist: Torquato Tasso
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1629 in L'Armida del Tasso, no. 5
Description: This madrigal is Part 5 of 9 madrigals, as can be seen in L'Armida del Tasso

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Or che farà? dée su l’ignuda arena
costei lasciar cosí tra viva e morta?
Cortesia lo ritien, pietà l’affrena,
dura necessità seco ne 'l porta.
Parte, e di lievi zefiri è ripiena
la chioma di colei che gli fa scorta.
Vola per l’alto mar l’aurata vela:
ei guarda il lido; e'l lido ecco si cela.

Gerusalemme liberata 16/62

English.png English translation

What should he do? leave on the naked sand
 This woeful lady half alive, half dead?
 Kindness forbade, pity did that withstand;
 But hard constraint, alas! did thence him lead;
 Away he went, the west wind blew from land
 Mongst the rich tresses of their pilot's head,
 And with that golden sail the waves she cleft,
 To land he looked, till land unseen he left.

Translated by Edward Fairfax (1560-1635)