Se v'ho donato il core (Benedetto Pallavicino)

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Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2023-09-15).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 66 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2017-09-04)  CPDL #46219:          (Finale 2014)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2017-09-04).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 259 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Se v'ho donato il core
Composer: Benedetto Pallavicino

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1593 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro 5, no. 10

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Se v'ho donato il core,
e così vuol Amore,
perché dar non dovete
il vostro a me, che così car tenete?
Caro fu pur il mio
a me quando in me stesso ancor l'ebb'io.

English.png English translation

If I gave you my heart,
as it so wishes, Love,
why must you not give
yours to me, for you hold it so dear?
Mine was also dear
to me when I still held it within myself.

Translation by Allen Garvin