Ahi, disperata vita (Carlo Gesualdo)

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  • (Posted 2014-12-29)  CPDL #33965:     
Editor: Christos Christodoulou (submitted 2014-12-29).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 44 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2010-03-17)  CPDL #21244:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: Joachim Kelecom (submitted 2010-03-17).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 75 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Ahi, disperata vita
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1595 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro terzo, no. 2

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Ahi, disperata vita,
Che fuggendo il mio bene,
Miseramente cade in mille pene!
Deh, torna alla tua luce alma e gradita
Che ti vuol dar aita!

English.png English translation

Ah, desperate life,
Which, whilst fleeing from my loved one,
fallst miserably into a thousand torments.
Oh, turn to your sweet and gracious light,
which wants to give you comfort.