Credete voi ch'i' viva (Luca Marenzio)

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General Information

Title: Credete voi ch'i' viva
Composer: Luca Marenzio
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Guarini (1538-1612)

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1599 in Il nono libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 12
Description: The high tessitura of the four upper parts, and the Guarini text suggest that this madrigal was written for the Concerto delle Donne; hence SSAAB-voicing.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Credete voi ch'i' viva
Pascendo il cor famelico e penoso
Del pensiero amoroso?

Ahi, ch'i' ne moro.
Perché vita e ristoro
Ben ho pensando, anima cara, in voi.

Ma quando penso poi ch'i' ne son privo,
Moro del cibo onde mi pasco e vivo.

English.png English translation

Do you believe that I live
Nourishing my hungry and painful heart
With loving thoughts?

Alas, I die of it.
Because life and relief
I get if I think of you, my dear soul.

But then, when I think that I'm without it,
I die from the food of which I feed and live.