Com'esser può ch'io viva (Carlo Gesualdo)

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  • (Posted 2014-12-27)  CPDL #33880:     
Editor: Christos Christodoulou (submitted 2014-12-27).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 55 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Com'esser può ch’io viva
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Guarini

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1594 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro primo, no. 4
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Original text and translations

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Come esser può ch’io viva, se m’uccidi?
E come vuoi ch’io mora,
se mi dai vita ancora?
Fra due mi tieni, onde, tra morte e vita,
Vivendo moro e non vivendo ho vita.