Poss'io morir (Jacques Arcadelt)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-22)  CPDL #52300:     
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2018-11-22).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 68 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2010-06-17)  CPDL #21816:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Walker Boyle (submitted 2010-06-17).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 87 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Updated to v. 2.0 in May 2014. Transcribed from the 1539 Gardane edition of Arcadelt's Il primo libro de' madrigali a 4 voci.

General Information

Title: Poss'io morir
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. 1.33

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Possa io morir di mala morte
s'io non ve amo et non ve adoro
quanto si può te amar, ben colto alloro;
E chi volete voi,
terrestre iddio, ch'adori et ch'io ami
s'io non amo et adoro i vostri rami?

English.png English translation

May I die a miserable death
if I do not love you and adore you
insomuch as one can love you, well-tended laurel;
And who else, terrestrial god,
would you ever want me to adore and love,
if not to love and adore your branches?