Donna se voi m'odiate (Alfonso Ferrabosco I)

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  • (Posted 2020-09-27)  CPDL #60697:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2020-09-27).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 102 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: Donna se voi m'odiate
Composer: Alfonso Ferrabosco I
Lyricist: Cesare Rinaldi (1559-1636)create page

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1587 from Il primo libro de madrigali a 5 voci (Venice: Angelo Gardano press)

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Donna se voi m'odiate,
A che sì dolce poi baci mi date,
Forse a ciò l'alma per estrema gioia,
Di dolcezza ne moia.

Se per questo lo fate,
Baciate pur baciate,
Che contento mi fia,
Finir baciando voi la vita mia.

English.png English translation

Lady, if you so spite me,
wherefore do you so oft kiss and delight me,
sure that my heart oppressed and overjoyed
may break and be destroyed.

If you seek so to spill me,
come kiss me sweet and kill me.
So shall your heart be eased,
and I shall rest content, and die well pleased.

Translation by Anonymous, from Musica Transalpina (1588) (rather loose translation)