O tenebroso giorno (Carlo Gesualdo)

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  • (Posted 2009-04-20)  CPDL #19317:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Daniel Harmer (submitted 2009-04-20).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 44 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: O tenebroso giorno
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro quinto, no. 19

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

O tenebroso giorno,
infelice mio stato,
o mio còr tristo, solo a pianger nato!
Quando lieto ritorno
farai dinanzi a quélla
che è più d'ogni altra bèlla,
più leggiadra e più vaga,
che con suoi sguardi morte e vita appaga?

English.png English translation

Oh dark day,
unhappy is my state:
My sad heart, born only to weep!
When will you happily return to her
who is more beautiful than any other,
more graceful and more charming,
and who with her glances pours balm on both death and life?

Translation by Mick Swithinbank