Baci soavi e cari (Carlo Gesualdo)

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  • (Posted 2014-12-27)  CPDL #33878:       
Editor: Christos Christodoulou (submitted 2014-12-27).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 89 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: File includes second part "Quanto ha di dolce amore".
  • (Posted 2008-03-31)  CPDL #16490:  IMSLP.png
Editor: Daniel Harmer (submitted 2008-03-31).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 58 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: The time signature varies through 4/2, 2/2 and 6/2. This made it virtually impossible to use with parts. The time signature is now 4/2 throughout. No other changes were made. Scroll down to 1. Baci soavi e cari, Prima parte.

General Information

Title: Baci soavi e cari (Prima Parte)
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1594 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro primo, no. 1
Description: There is also a second part: Quanto ha di dolce amore.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Baci soavi e cari,
Cibi de la mia vita,
C'or m'involate,
or mi rendete il core.
Per voi convien ch'impari
Come un'alma rapita
Non sente il duol di morte
E pur si more.

English.png English translation

Sweet kisses, so dear to me,
Nourishment of my life –
That life which you are now stealing from me –
Now, sweet kisses, you are giving me back my heart.
Because of you I must learn
How a soul which is sundered from the body
Feels not the pain of death
Though its owner die.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank