O com’è gran martire (Carlo Gesualdo)

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Editor: Christos Christodoulou (submitted 2014-12-28).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 52 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: O com’è gran martire
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Guarini

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1594 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro secondo, no. 10

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

O come è gran martire
a celar suo desire
quando con pura fede
s’ama chi non se’l crede.

English.png English translation

O what great martyrdom it is
to conceal your desire
when, with pure faith,
you love someone who does not believe you.

Translation by Campelli

French.png French translation

Ô, qu'il est un grand martyre
devoir cacher son désir
lorsqu'avec pure foi
on aime quelqu'un qui n'y croit pas.

Translation by Campelli