Che più foco (Jacques Arcadelt)

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  • (Posted 2010-06-04)  CPDL #21734:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Walker Boyle (submitted 2010-06-04).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 83 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Significantly updated on April 2014. Transcribed from 1539 Gardano edition of Arcadelt's first book of madrigals for four voices.

General Information

Title: Che più foco
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. 1.17

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Ché più foco al mio foco,
o fiamma al core?
Donna, s'io vivo in foco,
dunque de l'arder mio vi cal sì poco?
Ahi, poco vostr' honore
veder la morte, in voi
veder la vita
d'un vostro fido amante!
O, luci di vostr'occhi, alter' e sante,
perché non date aíta?
Non è quel foco in voi
ch' ard' et infiamma:
Perché, dunque, altro fuoco
o altra fiamma?

English.png English translation

Why do you add fuel to my fire,
why do you inflame my heart?
Milady, that I live engulfed by fire,
ever burning, do you really care so little?
Ah, there's very little honour
in your just watching the death,
in your just watching the life
of someone who loves you so faithfully!
Lofty and blessed eyes,
why do you offer no help?
That fire does not burn in you,
no flame consumes you:
why do you then add more fire to mine,
why even more flames?

Translation by Campelli