Se pur dolce (Giovanni Artusi)

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  • (Posted 2014-08-04)  CPDL #32600:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2014-08-04).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 76 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Se pur dolce
Composer: Giovanni Artusi

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SSTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in Canzonette a quattro voci, no. 17

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Se pur dolce mia vita,
brami sol ch'io da te facci partita,
partirò si, ma poi,
come vivrò lontan da gl'occhi tuoi?

English.png English translation

Ah, my sweet life!
If you long for me to leave,
I will leave. But then,
how can I live without your eyes?

Translation by Nicholas Jones