Sospirava (Carlo Gesualdo)

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General Information

Title: Sospirava
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First Published: 1595 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro terzo, no. 7.

Description: First part of a two-part madrigal. Second part is O mal nati messagi.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Sospirava il mio core
Per uscir di dolore
Un sospir che dicea: "L'anima spiro!"
Quando la Donna mia più d'un sospiro
Anch'ella sospirò che parea dire:
"Non morir, non morire!"

English.png English translation

My heart sighed
In order to escape from suffering,
A sigh that said "My soul expires!"
Then my Lady heaved more than one sigh,
She too, sighs that seemed to say:
"Do not die! Do not die!"

French.png French translation

Il soupirait, mon cœur
Pour sortir de la douleur
Un soupir qui disait : "je rends l'âme!";
Lorsque ma Dame aussi poussa plus d'un soupir
Et ses soupirs aussi semblaient dire :
"Ne meurs pas ! Ne meurs pas !"