Quivi sospir con pianti et alti guai (Pietro Vinci)

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  • (Posted 2020-08-29)  CPDL #60322:       
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2020-08-29).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 89 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: I kept the original spelling of the 1584 print, which differs from standard Tuscan Italian and may reflect dialect differences from the south.

General Information

Title: Quivi sospir con pianti et alti guai
Composer: Pietro Vinci
Lyricist: Dante Alighieri

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1584 in Il sesto libro de madrigali à 5 voci (Venice:Girolamo Scotto press)


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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Quivi sospir con pianti et alti guai,
  risonavan per l'aer senza stelle,
  perciò ch'al cominzar ne lagrimai,
Diverse lingue horribili favelle,
  parole di dolor accenti d'ira,
  voci alt'e fiocche e suon di man con elle.

English.png English translation

There sighs, complaints, and ululations loud
  resounded through the air without a star,
  whence I, at the beginning, wept thereat.
Languages diverse, horrible dialects,
  accents of anger, words of agony,
  and voices high and hoarse, with sound of hands.
Translation by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow