O Dio, che pena (Antonio Scandello)

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  • (Posted 2019-07-12)  CPDL #54754:         
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2019-07-12).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 80 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A semi-diplomatic edition. Note-values are as in the original. Though the Chiavetti cleffing suggests a transposition the piece is left in the original key. Ficta are added sparingly.

General Information

Title: O Dio, che pena
Composer: Antonio Scandello

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1566 in El primo libro delle canzoni napoletane, no. 2

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

 O Dio, O Dio, che pena,
 O Dio, che pena grand'
 O che martire,
 me dano sciochi,
 Quando le girate
 Aime, aime,
 che crudeltade a far morir,
 ogn' un che risguardate

English.png English translation

O God, O God, what a pain,
 O God, what a great pain,
 Or what suffering,
 you make a fool of me
 as every one turn and look at you.
 Alas, alas,
 What a cruelty that makes me die,
 as everyone you look at you.