Chiome d'oro (Claudio Monteverdi)

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  • (Posted 2014-10-21)  CPDL #33191:       
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General Information

Title: Chiome d'oro
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: SS
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: Strings, Basso continuo

First published: 1619 in Concerto: settimo libro de madrigali (Claudio Monteverdi), no. 27
Description: See Güldne Haare for Schütz's German version.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Chiome d’oro, bel tesoro,
tu mi leghi in mille modi
se t’annodi, se ti snodi.

Candidette perle elette,
se le rose che scoprite
discoprite, mi ferite.

Vive stelle, che sì belle
e sì vaghe risplendete,
se ridete m’ancidete.

Preziose, amorose,
coralline labbra amate,
se parlate mi beate.

O bel nodo per cui godo!
O soave uscir di vita!
O gradita mia ferita!

English.png English translation

Golden tresses, oh so precious,
you bind me in a thousand ways
whether coiled or flowing freely.

Small, white matching pearls,
when the roses that conceal you
reveal you, you wound me.

Bright stars that shine
with such beauty and charm,
when you laugh you torture me.

Precious, seductive
coral lips I love,
when you speak I am blessed.

Oh dear bonds in which I take delight!
Oh fair mortality!
Oh welcome wound!