O mal nati messagi (Carlo Gesualdo)

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  • (Posted 2018-02-16)  CPDL #48839:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-02-16).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 71 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #3777, with minor adjustments to underlay, and to slurring. Time signature standardised at 2/2.
  • (Posted 2002-07-05)  CPDL #03777:      (Finale 2001)
Editor: Fabrice Parmentier (submitted 2002-07-05).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 108 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: O mal nati messagi
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1595 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro terzo, no. 7
Description: Second part of a two-part madrigal. First part is Sospirava.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

O mal nati messaggi e mal intesi
In vista si cortesi!
«Mori» dicesti, oimè, ma non finire
Si tosto il tuo languire!»

English.png English translation

O, invidious and malicious messages,
So courteous at first sight!
'Die,' you said, alas, 'but do not end
Your languishing quite so soon!'