Benedetti i martiri (Jacques Arcadelt)

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  • (Posted 2010-06-02)  CPDL #21718:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Walker Boyle (submitted 2010-06-02).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 64 kB   Copyright: CC0
Edition notes: Significantly updated on April 2014. Transcribed from 1539 Gardano publication of "Il primo libro de' madrigali a 4 voci."

General Information

Title: Benedetti i martiri
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. 1.27

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Benedetti i martìri
ch'io, sostegno d'amor, per voi soffersi.
Benedette le lagrime e i sospiri
ch'io vò sempre spargendo.
Alma, che pianto per dolcezza versi,
ben déi morir ridendo,
poi ch'à morte ne mena
questa, sola fra noi,
del ciel sirena.

English.png English translation

Blessed be the pains
that I, love's stronghold, endured for you.
Blessed be the tears and sighs
that I ceaselessly let out.
O soul, who shed tears out of delight,
you shall die laughing,
because to death brings
she, the only one among us
who is resplendent in the sky.

Translation by Campelli