Lasso quand'io credei (Vittoria Aleotti)

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  • (Posted 2023-03-13)  CPDL #73042:  Network.png Icon_mp3_globe.gif
Editor: Fernando Gómez Jácome (submitted 2023-03-13).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 93 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2017-08-19)  CPDL #45974:     
Editor: Amelia LeClair (submitted 2017-08-19).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 59 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Lasso quand'io credei
Composer: Vittoria Aleotti
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1593 in Ghirlanda de madrigali, no. 12
Description: There is no mensuration sign before the colored breves at "tenebrosa e oscura" but assuming a missing "3" "una selva" and "tenebrosa" would occupy the same time.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Lasso, quand’io credei d’esser felice
In una selva tenebrosa e oscura
Mi ritrovai per me troppo infelice,
Che così piacque a mia stella noiosa.
E meno ancor mia vita aspra e penosa,
E quasi ho svelt’il cuor da la radice,
E quella a cui serv’io m’è ogn’or ritrosa,
Nè il gridar vale, e favellar non lice.

English.png English translation

Alas, when I thought myself happy
I found myself in a dark shadowy wood,
much too unhappy for me
for it so pleased my burdensome star,
and I still lead my painful hard life,
and my heart is nearly torn from its roots,
and she whom I serve is always against me,
and crying out is useless and speech forbidden.
Translation by Amelia LeClair