Oscura notte (Francesco Soriano)

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  • (Posted 2021-07-18)  CPDL #65182:         
Editor: Gerhard Weydt (submitted 2021-07-18).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 170 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a minor third because of the chiavette used.

General Information

Title: Oscura notte
Composer: Francesco Soriano
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1592 in Il secondo libro de madrigali a cinque voci
  2nd published: 1597 in Fiori del Giardino, no. 9

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Oscura notte parmi ovunque miro,
signor da che son privo
di veder il tuo viso,
ch’a me è vita, spirto e paradiso.
Lasso ch’in van m’adiro,
Poi che morte vuol pur che resti vivo
a mal mio grado, acciò vivend’io mora
Ben mille e mille volte l’hora.

German.png German translation

Schwarze Nacht scheint mir,wohin ich schaue,
Herr, von dem mir verwehrt ist,
dein Gesicht zu sehen,
das für mich Leben ist, Seele und Paradies.
Ach, umsonst erzürne ich mich,
denn der Tod will, dass ich leben bleibe
gegen meinen Willen, damit ich lebend sterbe
wohl abertausend Mal jede Stunde.

Translation by Gerhard Weydt
English.png English translation

Black night it seems to me, wherever I look,
Sir, of whom I am deprived
to behold your face,
which for me is life, soul and paradise.
Alas, in vain I enrage myself,
for death wants that I stay alive
against my will, so that I die living
well thousand and thousand times each hour.

Translation by Gerhard Weydt