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Dolcissima mia vita (Carlo Gesualdo)

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  • CPDL #21965:  Icon_pdf.gif
Editor: Bhaskoro Dwi Widhianto (submitted 2010-07-15).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 51 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
Editor: Daniel Harmer (submitted 2009-06-22).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 40 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Gesualdo Madrigal Book 5, No. 4. 1613 Edition. Sibelius file is zipped.
  • CPDL #02834:  Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif 
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2001-07-11).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 80 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Dolcissima mia vita
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 5th Book of Madrigals


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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Dolcissima mia vita,
a che tardate la bramata aita?

Credete forse che'l bel foco ond' ardo,
sia per finir perche torcete il guardo?
Ahi, non fia mai che brama il mio desire
o d'amarti o morire.

English.png English translation

My sweet beloved,
why do you withhold the relief which I long for?

Perhaps you think that my burning desire will end,
because you turn away whenever I see you?

Alas, this cannot be,
I must either love you or die.

Polish.png Polish translation

O najmilsza!
Czemu zwlekasz i nie biegniesz mi na pomoc?

Mniemasz, że cudny płomień, co mnie spala,
nie podsycony twym spojrzeniem - zgaśnie?

Ach, niestety, nie ziści się marzenie moje:
Kochać lub umrzeć!