Se quel dolor (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2019-06-14)  CPDL #54546:     
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2019-06-14).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2017-10-10)  CPDL #46690:         
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2017-10-10).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 283 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Se quel dolor
Composer: Luca Marenzio
Lyricist: Luigi Tansillo

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SAATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1595 in Il sesto libro de madrigali a sei voci, no. 10
Description: Capitolo, Prima parte;All parts can be found at Il sesto libro de madrigali a sei voci (Luca Marenzio)

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Se quel dolor che va inanzi al morire,
È tal ch'agguagli il mio ciascun mortale,
Si doglia d'esser nato e se n'adire.

Ma non cred' io che morte e quant' assale,
E quando de la vita il filo incide,
Porga dolor ch'al mio sen vada eguale.

English.png English translation

Translation by Allen Garvin
If that grief, that goes before death,
Is like that which equals mine; each mortal being
suffers to be born, and to be judged.

But I do not believe that Death, when it strikes
And when the thread of life it cuts,
Gives grief, that might to mine compare.