Filli, mirando il cielo (Sigismondo d'India)

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  • (Posted 2013-08-10)  CPDL #29815:          (Finale 2014)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2013-08-10).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 163 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up one note from G-dorian.

General Information

Title: Filli, mirando il cielo
Composer: Sigismondo d'India
Lyricist: Ottavio Rinuccini
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1606 in Il primo libro de madrigali a 5 voci, no. 14

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Filli, mirando il cielo,
dicea dogliosa e'n tanto
Empìa di calde perle un bianco un velo:

"Io mi distill'in pianto,
D'amor languisco e moro,
Né ritrovo pietate, o ciel, o stelle.
Io pur son giovinetta e'l crinho d'oro,
E colorite e belle
Sembran le guancie mie rose novelle.
Ahi qual sara'l tormento
Quand'avrò d'oro il volto e'l crin d'argento?"

English.png English translation

Filli, looking at the sky,
spoke in sadness, while at the same time
she filled a white veil with warm pearls:

"I am melting in tears,
for love I languish and die,
and I am pitiless, oh sky, oh stars.
I am still young and my hair is golden,
my cheeks are beautiful
like newborne roses.
Alas, how painful will it be
to have a golden face and silver hair?"