Basciai ma che mi valse (Philippe de Monte)

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  • (Posted 2023-05-05)  CPDL #73704:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2023-05-05).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 66 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: Basciai ma che mi valse
Composer: Philippe de Monte
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Guarini
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SAATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1592 in Il quintodecimo libro de madrigali a cinque voci (Gardano press, Venice), no. 3

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Baciai ma che mi valse attender frutto
d'amorosa dolcezza,
se sparsi il seme in arida bellezza?
Son dolcissimi i baci a chi ne prende
quel fin che se n'attende;
ma s'altro non s'accoglie,
tormenti sono a l'amorose voglie.

English.png English translation

I kissed, but what avails awaiting the fruit
of loving sweetness,
if I scattered the seed in a beautiful desert?
Kisses are the sweetest to whoever takes from them
the end that is expected of them;
but if nothing is received,
they are torments for amorous desires.

Translation by Allen Garvin