Piangi cor mio (Hippolito Sabino)

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Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2023-05-21).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 74 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: Piangi cor mio
Composer: Hippolito Sabino
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1570 in Il primo libro de madrigali a 5 voci (Venice: Gardano press)

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Piangi cor mio se per l'estremo pianto
ritornasse fortuna i primi giorni,
poi che sí tosto il mio felice stato
mi svelse nel fiorir dei primi rami,
e, quant'avea di ben in questa vita,
rivolse in piant'amaro e 'n duro stile.

English.png English translation

Weep, my heart, if by the utmost lament
fortune would bring back the early days,
as it so swiftly uprooted my happy state
from the blooming of the first boughs
and, however much good I had had in this life,
transformed it into bitter weeping and harsh form.

Translation by Allen Garvin