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Se tu fuggi (Carlo Gesualdo)

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Editor: Daniel Harmer (submitted 2009-04-23).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 42 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Sibelius file is zipped.

General Information

Title: Se tu fuggi
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1613

Description: Book 5 Madrigals, No. 20

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Se tu fuggi, io non resto
Ché'l cor ti segue e grida.
Ahi, cor crudele, ove impietà s'annida,
Dove ten vai? Deh, pria mi rendi il core,
E poi ten fuggi, e fugga teco amore.

English.png English translation

If you flee I shall not stay behind,
Because my heart will follow you and cry out.
Alas, cruel heart, devoid of pity,
Where are you going? I beg you, return my heart,
And then flee – and let love be gone with you.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank