I' piango (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2015-01-03)   CPDL #34105:     
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2015-01-03).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 74 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Parts and source available at IMSLP.

General Information

Title: I' piango
Composer: Luca Marenzio
Lyricist: Francesco Petrarca

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1581 in Il secondo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 12


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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

I' piango; et ella il volto
co le sue man' m'asciuga, et poi sospira
dolcemente, et s'adira
con parole che i sassi romper ponno:
et dopo questo si parte ella, e 'l sonno.

Canzoniere 359 (last 5 lines)

English.png English translation

I weep: and she dries my face
with her hand, and then she sighs
sweetly, and speaks
words that might shatter stone:
and afterwards departs, along with sleep.

Translation by Anthony S. Kline ©