Lamento d'Arianna (Claudio Monteverdi)

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Complete, from the Sixth Book of Madrigals (1614)

Editor: Alessandro Magagnin (submitted 2006-07-14).   Score information: A4, 29 pages, 524 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Madrigals for SATTB: Lasciatemi morire / O Tèseo, Tèseo mio / Dove dov'è la fede / Ahi ch'ei non più risponde

Individual works

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Lasciatemi morire
O Teseo, Teseo mio
Dove, dove è la fede
Ahi, che non pur risponde

General Information

Title: Lamento d'Arianna
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
Lyricist: Ottavio Rinuccini

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published:

Description: Il Lamento d'Arianna is composed of madrigal arrangements from the opera Arianna (lost):

  1. Lasciatemi morire
  2. O Tèseo, Tèseo mio
  3. Dove, dov'è la fede
  4. Ahi, che non pur risponde
  5. Misera ancor do loco

The lament was saved from oblivion by Monteverdi's decision to publish it independently from the opera: first in 1614 (SV 107) as a five-voice madrigal, then in 1623 (SV 22) as a monody and finally, in 1640, as a sacred hymn. The five-voice adaptation was included in the composer's Sixth Book of Madrigals. In 1868 the lament was published in Paris, and in 1910 the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi issued an edited, orchestral transcription.

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Original text and translations

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