Soavissimi baci (Giovanni Artusi)

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  • (Posted 2014-11-10)  CPDL #33336:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2014-11-10).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 72 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Soavissimi baci
Composer: Giovanni Artusi

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in Canzonette a quattro voci, no. 6

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Soavissimi baci
ch'innovate d'amor l'ardenti faci,
ferite si ma dolc'e la ferita,
che la mort' alm' altrui ritorn' in vita.

English.png English translation

Sweetest kisses
that light love’s bright torches,
you wound me, but the wound is sweet—
dying, my soul comes back to life.

Translation by Nicholas Jones