Questa ordi il laccio (Claudio Monteverdi)

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  • (Posted 2014-08-24)  CPDL #32772:       
Editor: Peter Rottländer (submitted 2014-08-24).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 154 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2012-11-17)  CPDL #27618:        (MuP)
Editor: Vincent Carpentier (submitted 2012-11-17).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 48 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Questa ordi il laccio
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1587 in Il primo libro de madrigali a cinque voci (Claudio Monteverdi), no. 15

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Questa ordì il laccio questa
Sì bella man fra fiori, e l'herba il tese
E questa il cor mi prese e fù sì presta
A trarlo in mezz'a mille fiamm'accese
Hor che l'hò qui ristretta
Vendetta, Amor, vendetta.

English.png English translation

This hand it was that laid the snare,
This lovely hand concealed it amid flowers and blades of grass:
This hand seized my heart and in a trice
enveloped it in a myriad of flames.
Now that I hold it clasped in mine,
God of love, pray give me my revenge!

Translation by Mick Swithinbank