Se vi piace signora (Jacques Arcadelt)

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  • (Posted 2014-09-23)  CPDL #33009:         
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2014-09-23).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 79 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1558 Gardano print. Original pitch and note-values.

General Information

Title: Se vi piace signora
Composer: Jacques Arcadelt

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1539 in Il primo libro de' madrigali a 4 voci, no. 1.16


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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Se vi piace signora il mio dolore,
Io non vo viver più, datemi morte.
Ché con più lieta sorte
Non si potrien' i giorni miei finire.
Ma io vi vo ben dire,
Sol per onor di voi,
Che si dirà da poi
Una gioven nimica di pietade
Uccise un ch'adorò la sua beltade.

English.png English translation

If, lady, you take pleasure in my pain,
I can live no longer: give me death.
For if a happier fate were mine,
this might not be the end-point of my life.
But take heed of what I say
– fearing for your good repute –
when I am gone, people will report:
a damsel with no sense at all of mercy
slew a man for worshipping her beauty.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank