Liquide perle (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2015-01-03)   CPDL #34078:     
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2015-01-03).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 69 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: Parts and source available on IMSLP.

General Information

Title: Liquide perle
Composer: Luca Marenzio

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1580 in Il primo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 1


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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Liquide perle, Amor dagli occhi sparse,
In premio del mio ardore,
Ma, lasso, ohime! che’l core
Di maggior foco m'arse;
Ahi, che bastava solo
A darmi morte il primo ardente duolo.

English.png English translation

Liquid pearls from Love's eyes scattered
in reward for my ardor,
but, alas! my heart
burns from a fiercer flame;
Ah, it alone suffices,
that first ardent pain, to bring me death.

Translation by Allen Garvin