Tu m'uccidi, o crudele (Carlo Gesualdo)

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  • (Posted 2013-05-11)  CPDL #29093:     
Editor: Peter Rottländer (submitted 2013-05-11).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 125 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2009-04-18)  CPDL #19299:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Daniel Harmer (submitted 2009-04-18).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 47 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Tu m'uccidi, o crudele
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro quinto, no. 15

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Tu m'uccidi, o crudele,
d'Amor empia homicida,
e vuoi ch'io taccia e'l mio morir non grida?
Ahi, non si può tacer l'aspro martire
che va innanzi al morire,
ond'io ne vo gridando:
“Oimè, ch'io moro amando!”

English.png English translation

You are killing me, cruel lady,
Heartless murderer of love,
And you expect me to remain silent and not to cry out that I am dying?
No, it is impossible to say nothing of the cruel torment
Which comes before death
And which compels me to cry out:
“Alas, I die loving.”

Translation by Mick Swithinbank