Nasce la gioia mia (Giovanni Ferretti)

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  • (Posted 2020-10-04)  CPDL #60789:       
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2020-10-04).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 410 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Nasce la gioia mia
Composer: Giovanni Ferretti

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SATTTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1575 in Il secondo libro delle canzoni a sei voci, no. 10
    2nd published: 1583 in Harmonia celeste, Edition 1, no. 38
    3rd published: 1589 in Harmonia celeste, Edition 2, no. 38

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Nasce la gioia mia,
Ogni volta ch'io mir'il mio bel sole,
E la mia vit'è ria,
Qual'hor nol miro, perch'il sguard'è tale
Ch'ogni volta beato farmi suole.
O sol, alm'immortale,
Non t'asconder mai più, che certo veggio,
S'io non ti miro, io non poss'haver peggio.

English.png English translation

My joy is born
every time I see my beautiful sun,
and my life is bitter
whenever I do not see it, for its glance is such
that it makes me blessed every time.
O sun, immortal soul,
do not hide yourself ever again, for I see for certain
that if I do not see you, I could have nothing worse.
(Tr. Ruth I. DeFord)