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Moro, e mentre sospiro (Carlo Gesualdo)

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Editor: Vincent Carpentier (submitted 2004-06-15).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 106 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Moro, e mentre sospiro
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

Moro, e mentre sospiro,
L’aura d’un mio sospiro
Corre volando a farsi alma d’un core
Ch’anco ei sospira e more.

Quando di lui la sospirata vita
Nel mio cor vola e di cor più non priva
Vive e, vivendo, aviva.
Vita e morte gradita!
Non sa che sia gioire
Chi non sa così viver e morire.

English.png English translation

I die and whilst I sigh,
one of my laments darts and flies into the air
to be transformed into the soul of a heart
that also sighs and dies.

When from her heart the sigh of life
flies towards mine, and the heart no longer deprived,
lives and by living is enlivened,
Life and death, be welcome!
He knows no joy
who knows not how to live and die like this.