Tu dormi? Ah, crudo core (Claudio Monteverdi)

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General Information

Title: Tu Dormi!
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
Lyricist: Anonymous

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1619 in Concerto: settimo libro de madrigali (Claudio Monteverdi), no. 21

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Tu dormi? Ahi, crudo core,
tu puoi dormir, perch'in te dorme amore.
Io piango, e le mie voci lagrimose
a te, che sorda sei,
portano invano, ahimé, l'aure pietose.
Ah, ben i pianti miei
pon far pietosi i venti:
ma te fan più crudele i miei lamenti.

English.png English translation

Sleep you? Ah, cruel heart,
indeed you sleep, now that in you sleeps Love.
I cry and my sor rowful words,
ah, to you, my uncaring beauty,
carry, in vain, my ardent desires.
Ah, my pleas
could move the wind;
but my lament only makes you crueler.