O felici occhi miei (Jacques Arcadelt)

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  • (Posted 2019-02-01)  CPDL #53125:        
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2019-02-01).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 67 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1539 print. Original key (A, T, B in chiavette) and note values.
  • (Posted 2018-11-22)  CPDL #52304:     
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2018-11-22).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 73 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: O felici occhi miei
Composer: Jacques Arcadelt

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1539 in Il primo libro de' madrigali a 4 voci, no. 1.52
    2nd published: 1930 in Das Chorwerk, no. 5.05

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

O felici occhi miei, felici voi
Che sete care al mio sol,
perche sembianze avete degli occhi
Che gli fur si dolci e rei.
Voi ben voi sete voi felici,
Ed io io non che per quetar vostro desio
Corre a mirar l'onde mi struggo poi.

English.png English translation

Eyes, you are lucky—
lucky that she holds you dear
because you're like those eyes
that were so loving and so cruel.

You are lucky, but I am not—
to satisfy your desire,
you run and look at her;
but I dissolve.

Translation by Nicholas Jones