Dolcissimi legami (Claudio Monteverdi)

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Editor: Peter Rottländer (submitted 2014-03-09).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 162 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Dolcissimi legami
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
Lyricist: Torquato Tasso

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1590 in Venezia.

Description: Il secondo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 4

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Dolcissimi legami
di parole amorose
che mi legò da scherzo e non mi scioglie.
Così egli dunque scherza e così coglie?
Così l’alme legate
sono ne le catene insidïose?
Almen chi sì m’allaccia,
mi leghi ancor fra quelle dolci braccia.

English.png English translation

Sweetest bonds
of loving words
in which he joined me for fun, and does not release me from.
Is this how he plays, and how he captures?
Is this how souls are bound
by deceitful chains?
If only he who binds me so
would have me bound again by those sweet arms.

Translation by Campelli

French.png French translation

Doux liens
d'amoureuses paroles
dans lesquels il m'a liée pour s'amuser, et dont il ne me lâche.
C'est donc ainsi qu'il s'amuse et capture sa proie?
C'est ainsi que les âmes
sont piégées et enchaînées?
Si, au moins, celui qui m'attache
m'enlaçait encore entre ces doux bras.

Translation by Campelli

German.png German translation

Süße Bande
aus Liebesworten,
der mich im Spaße band und nicht mehr freiließ,
so spaßt er also und so bindet er?
So sind die Seelen
in heimtückischen Ketten gefangen;
wenn doch wenigstens der, der mich fesselt,
mich einst in die geliebten Arme schlösse!