Pien d'un vago pensier (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2014-06-06)  CPDL #32190: 
Original key (high chiavette):        
Transposed down a fourth:      
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2014-06-06).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 83 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original note-values.

General Information

Title: Pien d'un vago pensier
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
Lyricist: Francesco Petrarca

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1555 in Primo libro di madrigali a 5 voci, no. 20

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Pien d'un vago penser che me desvia
da tutti gli altri, et fammi al mondo ir solo
ad or ad ora a me stesso m'involo
pur lei cercando che fuggir devria;

et veggiola passar sí dolce et ria
che l'alma trema per levarsi a volo,
tal d'armati sospir' conduce stuolo
questa bella d'Amor nemica, et mia.

Canzoniere 169 (1st 8 lines)
English.png English translation

Full of a wandering thought that separates me
from all other men, and makes me go lonely through the world,
hour after hour I am tempted from myself
searching for her, whom I should fly from:

and I see her go by so sweet and deadly
that my soul trembles to rise in flight,
she leads such a troop of armed sighs with her,
this beautiful enemy of Love, and of me.

Translation by Anthony S. Kline ©