Che giova posseder (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2018-08-02)   CPDL #50742:         
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2018-08-02).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 329 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a minor third from G-dorian. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2016-09-06)   CPDL #41024:       
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2016-09-06).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 86 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1587 print. Original pitch (high chiavette) and note-values.

General Information

Title: Che giova posseder
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
Lyricist: Pietro Bembo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1587 in Madrigali a 4-6 voci novamente composti, no. 10
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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Che giova posseder cittadi e regni
e palagi abitar d'alto lavoro
e servi intorno aver d'imperio regni
di porpora vestir mangiar in oro
esser cantato da sublimi ingegni
e le arche gravi aver pien di tesoro
con l'alta fama arrivar fino al polo
morendo poi nel letto freddo e solo.