S'io di te penso (Giovanni de Macque)

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Editor: Fabio Valente (submitted 2022-09-20).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 75 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: S'io di te penso
Composer: Giovanni de Macque
Lyricist: Bernard of Clairvaux
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SSAT
Genre: SacredUnknown

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1600 in Nuove laudi ariose (Giovanni Arascione), no. 11
Description: The piece appears in G. Arascione's "Laudi Ariose" collection, published in Rome in 1600. In the original source the first voice is notated in soprano clef, the second voice is notated in mezzosoprano clef, the Tenor voice in alto clef and the lower voice in tenor clef. The voices' ranges are small and fairly high, which could indicate the piece was meant to be performed by a "voci pari" choir.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

S'io di te penso e del tuo amor, Maria
o che dolce pensier, che dolce foco!
S'io ti contemplo e cerco, Virgo pia,
che dolc'esercitio e dolce gioco.
Se teco parlo e sta la mente mia,
o che dolce colloquio e dolce loco.
Se così dolce sei, Virgo, in assentia,
che sarà poi lassù la tua presentia?