Itene o miei sospiri (Carlo Gesualdo)

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  • (Posted 2009-06-22)  CPDL #19661:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Daniel Harmer (submitted 2009-06-22).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 37 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Gesualdo Madrigal Book 5, No. 3. 1613 Edition.
  • (Posted 2002-04-06)  CPDL #03499:      (Finale 2002)
Editor: Miguel Astor (submitted 2002-04-06).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 163 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: with English, Spanish, and French translations.
  • (Posted 2000-05-06)  CPDL #00818:      (Finale 1998)
Editor: Per-Anders Aglert (submitted 2000-05-06).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 55 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Itene o miei sospiri
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro quinto, no. 3

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Ítene, o miei sospiri,
precipitate il volo a lei
che m’è cagion d’aspri martiri.
Dítele per pietà
del mio gran duolo
ch’or mai ella mi sia
come bella, ancor pia
che l’amaro mio pianto
cangerò lieto in amoroso canto.

English.png English translation

My sighs, may you wing
your way to her
who is causing me bitter torment.
For pity's sake, tell her
of my great suffering.
If she will be as merciful
as she is beautiful,
I shall cease my bitter lament
and sing a love song.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank