Anima del cor mio (Giaches de Wert)

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  • (Posted 2023-04-03)  CPDL #73335:         
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2023-04-03).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 68 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2017-07-04)  CPDL #45271:          (Finale 2014)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2017-07-04).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 241 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up one note from E-phrygian.

General Information

Title: Anima del cor mio
Composer: Giaches de Wert

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1595 in L'undecimo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 15

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Anima del cor mio,
Poi che da me misera me tu parti,
S'ami conforto alcuno à miei martiri,
Non isdegnar ch'almen ti segua anch' io,
Solo co miei sospiri,
E sol per rimembrarti,
Ch'in tante pene e in cosi fiero scempio,
Vivrò d'amor di vera fede esempio.

English.png English translation

Soul of my heart,
since from me, oh poor me, you depart,
if you take some comfort in my torments,
do not disdain that at least I also follow you,
alone with my sighs
and only in remembrance of you,
that in so much pain and in such cruel torment:
I will live as an example of love and true faith.

Translation by Allen Garvin