Laura soave, vita di mia vita (Benedetto Pallavicino)

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  • (Posted 2019-04-07)  CPDL #53895:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2019-04-07).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 318 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Laura soave, vita di mia vita
Composer: Benedetto Pallavicino
Lyricist: Luigi Cassola

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1585 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro 3, no. 15

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Laura soave, vita di mia vita,
Che così dolcemente all'amoroso
Foco suo m’invita,
Con sì dolce dolcezza
M’infiamma il cor sovente,
Che di quel dolce ardor prendo vaghezza;
E sì dolce è il gioire,
Che di dolcezza sentomi morire:
E ben morò, se tosto non m’aita,
Laura soave, vita di mia vita.

Luigi Cassola

English.png English translation

Sweet Laura, life of my life,
who so sweetly invites me
to her amorous fire,
often inflames my heart
with such sweet sweetness
that I become enamored of that sweet ardor;
and so sweet is the joy,
that I feel myself dying of sweetness.
And I shall surely die if help does not come from
sweet Laura, life of my life.