Dolcissimo uscignolo (Claudio Monteverdi)

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General Information

Title: Dolcissimo uscignolo
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1638 in Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi (Claudio Monteverdi), no. 16

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Dolcissimo uscignolo,
tu chiami la tua cara compagnia
cantando: «Vieni, vieni, anima mia».
A me canto non vale,
e non ho come tu da volar ale.
O felice augelletto,
come nel tuo diletto
ti ricompensa ben l'alma natura:
se ti negò saver, ti diè ventura.

English.png English translation

Sweet nightingale,
you call to your dear companion
singing 'Come to me my love'.
As for me, my song is of no value,
nor do I have wings to fly like you.
Happy little bird,
in your pleasure
kind Nature rewards you well:
she may have denied you knowledge,
but she made fortune smile on you.

German.png German translation

Liebliche Nachtigall,
du rufst deine geliebte Gefährtin,
indem du singst: „Komm, komm, meine Seele“.
Mir nützt Gesang nichts,
und ich habe nicht wie du Flügel, um zu fliegen.
Oh glücklicher Vogel,
wie doch in deinem Vergnügen
die vortreffliche Natur dich entschädigt:
wenn sie dir auch das Wissen versagte, gab sie dir doch Glück.

Translation by Gerhard Weydt