Questa crudele e pia (Carlo Gesualdo)

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General Information

Title: Questa crudele e pia
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1596 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro quarto, no. 5

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Questa crudele e pia
Piange al mio pianto e duolse al mio dolore,
Ma non arde l'ardore.
Tu, senza amor pietosa,
sia pur a tuo voler anco sdegnosa
Ché amor de l'amor mio,
E non pietà del mio dolor desio.

English.png English translation

That cruel and kind woman
cries for my weeping and suffers for my woe,
but does not burn ardently.
You, with no kind love,
can even shun your emotions,
but I long for love for my loving,
and not pity for my pain.