Soave libertate (Claudio Monteverdi)

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General Information

Title: Soave libertate
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
Lyricist: Gabriello Chiabrera

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: TT
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1619 in Concerto: settimo libro de madrigali (Claudio Monteverdi), no. 14

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Soave libertate,
già per sì lunga etate
mia cara compagnia,
chi da me ti disvia?
O Dea desiata
e da me tanto amata,
ove ne vai veloce?
Lasso, che ad alta voce
in van ti chiamo e piango:
tu fuggi, ed io rimango
stretto in belle catene
d’altre amorose pene
e d’altro bel desìo;
addio, per sempre addio!

English.png English translation

Sweet liberty,
for so long
my dear companion,
who has parted you from me?
O much desired goddess,
and by me so beloved,
whither do you go swiftly?
Alas, I raise my voice
and in vain call out to you and weep:
you flee and I remain
held fast in the lovely chains
of another fond desire,
of other amorous pains.
And so farewell, farewell forever!