Se voi sete il mio cor (Giovanni Piccioni)

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  • (Posted 2021-03-20)  CPDL #63592:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2021-03-20).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 265 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Se voi sete il mio cor
Composer: Giovanni Piccioni

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1596 in Il quarto libro de madrigali à cinque voci (Giovanni Piccioni), no. 20

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Original text and translations

A nearly identical text is used by Giovanni Battista Mosto, but there a woman is speaking.

Italian.png Italian text

Se voi sete il mio cor la vita e l'alma,
Hor che di voi son privo,
Chi può tenermi vivo,
Deh, vita mia se l'amorosa salma,
Pietà trovò tal'hora,
Cercate ch'io non mora.

German.png German translation

Wenn Ihr mein Herz, das Leben und die Seele seid,
nun, da ich Euer beraubt bin,
wer könnte mich lebendig erhalten?
Ach, mein Leben, wenn die Liebeslast
zuweilen Mitleid findet,
sorgt dafür, dass ich nicht sterbe.

Translation by Gerhard Weydt
English.png English translation

If you be my heart, my life and soul,
then now, as I am deprived of you,
who can keep me alive?
Ah, my life, if the amorous burden
finds pity sometimes,
see to it that I shall not die.

Translation by Gerhard Weydt