Ahimè dov'è'l bel viso (Jacques Arcadelt)

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  • (Posted 2010-06-02)  CPDL #21719:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Walker Boyle (submitted 2010-06-02).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 75 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Significantly updated on April 2014. Transcribed from an 1539 edition of "Il primo libro de' madrigali a 4 voci. Renewed 2010, September the 25.
  • (Posted 2005-08-30)  CPDL #09309:         
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2005-08-30).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 30 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Ahimè dov'è'l bel viso
Composer: Jacques Arcadelt

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1539 in Il primo libro de' madrigali a 4 voci, no. 1.58

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Ahimè, dov' è'l bel viso,
in cui solea tener suo nido Amore,
e dove ripost' era ogni mia speme?
dov' è'l bel viso, il bel viso
che ornava il mondo di splendore,
il mio caro thesoro, il sommo bene?
chi me'l ritiene, e chi me'l cela
o fortuna, o morte ingorda
cieca spietata e sorda,
chi m'ha tolto il mio cor, chi me l'asconde?
dov' è'l ben mio, che più non mi risponde?

English.png English translation

Alas, where's the beautiful face,
Where Love used to have his nest,
And where all of my hopes were?
Where's the beautiful face, the beautiful face
That adorned the world with magnificence,
My dear treasure, the greatest good?
Alas, who's holding it from me, who's hiding it?
Oh luck, oh greedy death
Blind pitiless and deaf,
Who took my heart from me, who's hiding it?
Where's my darling, that's not answering to me?