O dolce vita mia (Adrian Willaert)

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  • (Posted 2015-01-05)  CPDL #34140:       
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2015-01-05).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 60 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Parts and source available at IMSLP.

General Information

Title: O dolce vita mia
Composer: Adrian Willaert

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SAAT
Genre: SecularVillanella

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1545 in Canzone villanesche alla napolitana, no. 2
    2nd published: 1576 in Cantiones suavissimae (Leonhard Schröter) – sacred contrafact, Tomus 1, no. 24
    3rd published: 1930 in Das Chorwerk, no. 8.9

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

O Dolce, o dolce vita mia che t'haggio fatto
che minacci ogn' hor ogn' hor con tue parole,
come nev' al sole, et io mi struggo.

French.png French translation

O ma douce vie que t'ai-je donc fait
que tu me menaces à toute heure de tes paroles
et je me consume comme la neige au soleil.

Latin.png Latin text

O dulce Sacramentum altaris almi
quo sua viscera dat Ihesus Christus medicus aegro
ut renovetur atque recreetur ea salute cuius non est finis
Contrafact from Cantiones suavissimae (Leonhard Schröter)