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Io tacerò (Carlo Gesualdo)

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Editor: Claudio Macchi (submitted 2000-08-29).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 64 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Finale file is zipped. Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: Minor text mistakes
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Editor: Vincent Carpentier (submitted 2004-06-15).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 139 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:

General Information

Title: Io tacerò
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

Published: Il Quatro Libro di Madrigali - 1596


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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Io tacerò, ma nel silenzio mio
La lagrime i sospiri
diranno i miei martiri.
Ma s’avverrà ch’io mora,
Griderà poi per me la morte ancora.

In van dunque, o crudele,
vuoi che'l mio duol e'l tuo rigor si cele,
poi che mia cruda sorte
dà la voce al silenzio ed a la morte.

English.png English translation

I will keep quiet, yet in my silence
my tears and sighs
shall tell of my pain.
And if I should die
Death shall cry out for me once again.

Thus in vain, oh cruel one,
yearn you for my pain and your harshness to be hidden
since my cruel fate
gives voice to silence and to death.