Ardo per te, mio bene (Carlo Gesualdo)

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  • (Posted 2018-09-03)  CPDL #51172:        
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-09-03).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Ardo per te, mio bene
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro sesto, no. 14

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Ardo per te, mio bene, ma l’ardore
spira dolce aura al core.
Moro per te, mia vita, ma il morire
gioia divien, dolcissimo il languire.
Felice sorte ancor ch’io arda e moia:
l’ardor divien dolce aura, e 'l morir gioia.

English.png English translation

I burn for you, my love, but my ardour
Wafts sweet breezes on my heart.
I die for you, my life, but my dying
Becomes a joy, most sweet the languishing.
Happy fate, to burn and to die:
Burning becomes a soft breeze and dying a joy.

Translation by Wboyle
German.png German translation

Ich brenne für dich, meine Liebe, aber die Glut
weht als süßer Hauch dem Herzen
Ich sterbe für dich, mein Leben, aber das Sterben
wird mir zur Freude, zum süßesten Vergehen.
Glückliches Schicksal, auch wenn ich brenne und sterbe:
Die Glut wird ein süßer Hauch, und das Sterben Freude.

Translation by Malimarie