Dolce ritorn'amor, cortese e pio (Alessandro Striggio)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-13)  CPDL #77247:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2023-11-13).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 82 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2023-05-18)  CPDL #73811:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2023-05-18).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 309 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Dolce ritorn'amor, cortese e pio
Composer: Alessandro Striggio
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Strozzi
Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SATTBB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1571 in Secondo libro de madrigali a sei voci, no. 5

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Dolce ritorn'amor, cortese e pio
Nel angelico viso,
Ond'à gran torto sdegno o sdegno rio,
T'ha si per me diviso.
Et deh teco signor l'usato riso.
O'il bel sguardo rimena
Che l'aspra pena,
Ch'io sostegno à morte,
Se pur vita quest'è non mi trasporte.

English.png English translation

Sweet love, return, gentle and pious,
to that angelic face,
where, by a great wrong, contempt, o cruel contempt,
has so divided me from you.
And alas with you, Sir, bring back
your accustomed smile and your lovely gaze,
so that the harsh pain that I endure unto death,
if this is indeed life, does not carry me away.

Translation by Allen Garvin