Convien ch'ovunque sia (Cipriano de Rore)

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  • (Posted 2017-05-20)  CPDL #44629:         
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2017-05-20).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 89 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1568 Gardano edition. Original pitch (chiavi naturali) and note-values.

General Information

Title: Convien ch'ovunque sia
Composer: Cipriano de Rore
Lyricist: Ludovico Ariosto

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1566 in Il quinto libro de madrigali a cinque voci, Edition 1, no. 13
    2nd published: 1568 in Il quinto libro de madrigali a cinque voci, Edition 2, no. 17
Description: This madrigal features an octave canon between Soprano and Tenor II (Quinto), rarely found in madrigals.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Convien ch'ovunque sia sempre cortese
Sia un cor gentil, ch'esser non può altrimente
Che per natura e per abito prese
Quel che di mutar poi non è possente
Convien ch'ovunque sia sempre palese
Un cor villan si mostri similmente,
Natura inchina al male e viene a farsi
L'abito poi difficile a mutarsi.

English.png English translation

It befits a gentle heart, wherever it may be,
To remain courteous always, for it cannot be otherwise:
What it has learned from nature and habit,
It no longer has the power to change.
It befits a depraved heart, wherever it may be,
To reveal itself as such always.
Nature predisposes to evil, and a habit once made
Becomes difficult to change.