Gran dolor di mia vita (Philippe Verdelot)

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  • (Posted 2021-04-28)  CPDL #64239:         
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2021-04-28).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 96 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Li madrigali del primo et del secondo libro a quattro voci, 1556 Gardano edition. Original key and note values.

General Information

Title: Gran dolor di mia vita
Composer: Philippe Verdelot
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1534 in Il secondo libro de madrigali (Philippe Verdelot), no. 19
    2nd published: 1540 in Tutti li madrigali del primo et secondo libro a quatro voci, Edition 1, no. 15

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Gran dolor di mia vita
Quella che mi vedea negli occh’il core
Et nella fronte la fede scolpita
Fatt’ha da noi partita
Sì che biastemm’et ne disprezz’amore
Et dico invid’amor e dispietato
Ad un felice stato
Tu non perdesti mai l’antich’usanza
Privar l’huom nel più bel della speranza.

English.png English translation

Great suffering of my life,
She who saw in my eyes my heart
And faithfulness sculpted on my brow
Has left us.
So that I curse and despise love
And say “Envious Love, who are pitiless
To one in a happy state,
You never lost your ancient habit
Of denying man of hope in his happiest hour