Selve beate, SWV 3 (Heinrich Schütz)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-06-27).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 83 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #32162. Note values halved in triple-time sections.
Editor: Gerd Eichler (submitted 2014-06-03).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 95 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from original print, Mensurstrich layout, original key signature and note values, musica ficta clearly marked.
Editor: Vincent Carpentier (submitted 2011-10-03).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 69 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Selve beate, SV3

Composer: Heinrich Schütz
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Guarini

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Il primo libro de madrigali, no. 3
  2nd published: 1890 in Heinrich Schütz: Sämtliche Werke, Volume 9, no. 3
  3rd published: 1962 in Neue Schütz-Ausgabe, Volume 22, no. 3
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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Selve beate,
se sospirando in flebili susurri,
al nostro lamentar vi lamentaste,
gioite anco al gioire, e tante lingue
sciogliete quante frondi
scherzano al suon di queste,
piene del gioir nostro aure ridenti.

English.png English translation

O happy woods,
since often you quietly sighed
and wept at our weeping,
then rejoice also in our joy, and use
as many tongues as all the leaves
that quiver at the sound of these
sweet winds, full of our rejoicing.

Translation by Campelli