Pensoso più d'un'ora a capo basso (Sessa d'Aranda)

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  • (Posted 2019-01-06)  CPDL #52829:       
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2019-01-06).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 78 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: Pensoso più d’un’ora a capo basso
Composer: Sessa d'Aranda
Lyricist: Ludovico Ariosto , Orlando Furioso, Canto I, ottava 40

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1571 in Il Primo Libro de madrigali a quattro voci, no. 11

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Pensoso più d’un’ora a capo basso
stette, Signore, il cavallier dolente;
poi cominciò con suono afflitto e lasso
a lamentarsi sì soavemente,
ch’avrebbe di pietà spezzato un sasso,
una tigre crudel fatta clemente.
Sospirando piangea, tal ch’un ruscello
parean le guancie, e ’l petto un Mongibello.

English.png English translation

Pensive, above an hour, with drooping head,
He rested mute, ere he began his moan;
And then his piteous tale of sorrow said,
Lamenting in so soft and sweet a tone,
He in a tiger's breast had pity bred,
Or with his mournful wailings rent a stone.
And so he sighed and wept; like rivers flowed
His tears, his bosom like an Aetna glowed.

Translation by William Rose (1775-1843)