Quando ridente e bella (Carlo Gesualdo)

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General Information

Title: Quando ridente e bella
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro sesto, no. 23

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Quando ridente e bella
più vaga d'ogni stella
mi si mostra Licori,
e seco scherzan lascivetti Amori,
tutto gioisco, e sì di gioia abbondo
che de la gioia mia gioisce il mondo.

English.png English translation

When, laughing and beautiful,
prettier than any star,
Licori shows herself to me,
and lustful Cupids play with her,
I wholly rejoice, and am filled with such abundant joy
that, at my joy, the world itself rejoices.

Translation by Campelli