S'io non miro non moro (Carlo Gesualdo)

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  • CPDL #19660:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Daniel Harmer (submitted 2009-06-22).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 37 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Gesualdo Madrigal Book 5, No. 2. 1613 Edition. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #03778:      (Finale 2001)
Editor: Fabrice Parmentier (submitted 2002-07-05).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 116 kB   Copyright: Personal
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Title: S'io non miro non moro
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella



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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

S'io non miro, non moro,
Non mirando, non vivo;
Pur morto io son
Né son di vita privo.
O miracol d'amore,
Ahi, strana sorte,
Che'l viver non fia vita,
E'l morir morte.

English.png English translation

If I look not, I die not;
when I do not look, I am not alive;
yet dead I am,
though my life has not been taken from me.
Oh miracle of love;
alas, strange fate,
that living should not result in life,
nor dying in death.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank