Non vedrò mai le stelle (Claudio Monteverdi)

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  • (Posted 2014-07-21)  CPDL #32484:       
Editor: Peter Rottländer (submitted 2014-07-21).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 109 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Non vedro mai le stelle
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: TT
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1619 in Concerto: settimo libro de madrigali (Claudio Monteverdi), no. 10

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Non vedrò mai le stelle
de’ bei celesti giri,
perfida, ch’io non miri
gli occhi che fur presenti
alla dura cagion de’ miei tormenti,
e ch’io non dica lor: o luci belle,
deh siate sì rubelle
di lume a chi ribella è sì di fede,
ch’anzi a tant’occhi e tanti lumi ha core
tradire amante sotto fe’ d’amore.

English.png English translation

I’ll never see the stars again
revolving in the heavens above,
treachery! without seeing in them
the eyes that did witness
the bitter cause of my torment,
nor say: oh lovely stars,
take away your light
as she did take away her faith in me;
for in spite of all the eyes and all the lights, she did dare
betray the lover she had sworn to love.