Se di dolor io potessi morire (Giulio Renaldi)

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  • (Posted 2020-11-10)  CPDL #61300:         
Editor: Gerhard Weydt (submitted 2020-11-10).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 95 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Se di dolor io potessi morire
Composer: Giulio Renaldi

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1576 Di Giulio Renaldi padoano madregali e canzoni alla napolitana a cinque voci
    2nd published: 1590 in Gemmae musicalis Liber Tertius, no. 40

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Se di dolor io potessi morire,
Donna crudele, m’havresti già morto,
Solo per far contento il tuo desire,
Ma non t’accorgi ingrata
Che’l morir mi saria vita beata.

German.png German translation

Wenn ich vor Kummer sterben könnte,
grausame Frau, hättest du mich schon getötet,
nur um dein Verlangen zu befriedigen,
aber empfinde dich nicht als ungnädig,
das Sterben wäre mir seliges Leben.

Translation by Gerhard Weydt
English.png English translation

If I could die by grief,
cruel lady, you would already have killed me,
only to gratify your desire,
but don’t feel yourself ungracious,
for dying would be to me blissful life.

Translation by Gerhard Weydt
French.png French translation

Si je pouvais mourir de chagrin,
femme cruelle, tu m’aurais déjà tué,
seulement pour satisfaire ton désire,
mais ne te sente ingrat,
comme la mort me serait la vie béate.

Translation by Gerhard Weydt