Quando si more il corpo (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2023-05-24)  CPDL #73877:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2023-05-24).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 79 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2017-10-10)  CPDL #46695:         
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2017-10-10).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 308 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Quando si more il corpo
Composer: Luca Marenzio
Lyricist: Luigi Tansillo

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SAATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1595 in Il sesto libro de madrigali a sei voci, no. 11
Description: Capitolo, Seconda parte; All parts can be found at Il sesto libro de madrigali a sei voci (Luca Marenzio).

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Quando si more il corpo sol s'uccide,
ma quando uom ch'ama dal suo ben diparte,
l'anima ch'era integra si divide.

Anzi la più perfetta e maggior parte,
negli occhi altrui riposta si rimane,
ch'Amor di propria man la tronca, e parte.

English.png English translation

When one dies, the body alone is killed,
but when who loves is from his beloved separated,
the soul, that was whole, divides.

Or rather, the most perfect and greatest part
remains uneen, in the eyes of other,
until Love, by its own hand, severs and leaves it.

Translation by Allen Garvin