Languisce al fin chi da la vita parte (Carlo Gesualdo)

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  • (Posted 2009-04-12)  CPDL #19237:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Daniel Harmer (submitted 2009-04-12).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 45 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Languisce al fin chi da la vita parte
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 quinto, no. 10


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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Languisce al fin chi da la vita parte,
e di morte il dolore
l'affligge sì che in crude pene more.
Ahi, che quello son io,
dolcissimo cor mio,
che da voi parto, e per mia crudel sorte
la vita lascio e me ne vado a morte.

English.png English translation

He who is slipping away from life languishes towards his end,
and the suffering of death
so afflicts him that he dies in cruel pains.
Alas, that person is me,
my sweetest love:
it is I who am leaving you, and my cruel fate is such
that I must part from life and die.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank