Io parto, e non più dissi (Carlo Gesualdo)

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  • (Posted 2018-08-28)  CPDL #51042:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-08-28).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 74 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #5025, with minor corrections to the underlay.
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Editor: Vincent Carpentier (submitted 2003-05-12).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 360 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: revised May 18, 2004.

General Information

Title: Io parto, e non più dissi
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro sesto, no. 6

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

«Io parto» e non più dissi, che il dolore
privò di vita il core.
Allor proruppe in pianto e disse Clori,
con interrotti omèi:
«Dunque ai dolori io resto.
Ah, non fia mai
ch’io non languisca in dolorosi lai.»
Morto fui, vivo son, ché i spirti spenti
tornaro in vita a sì pietosi accenti.

English.png English translation

"I am leaving" I said, and no more, because pain
deprived my heart of all life.
Then Chloris burst out in tears and said,
amid sobbing "alas!":
"Thus here I stay in sorrow.
Ah! May I never cease
languishing in mourning lays."
I was dead, but now I live, because my fallen spirit
returned to life at such merciful words.

Translation by Campelli