Ultimi miei sospiri (Philippe Verdelot)

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  • CPDL #17071:        (Finale 2007)
Editor: Paul R. Marchesano (submitted 2008-06-04).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 88 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Note values have been halved and barlines added for modern convention. Original key one step lower. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Ultimi miei sospiri
Composer: Philippe Verdelot

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SAATBB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1541 in La più divina et più bella musica che se udisse giamai delli presenti madrigali, 6vv, Venice

Description: This madrigal is the source of 2 parodies: a mass by Philippe de Monte and a Magnificat by Lassus.

External websites: This madrigal (and the parody mass by de Monte) have been recently recorded by Cinquecento

Original text and translations

The translation is given as literal and not as poetic translation, with the hope that the original intent of the words is communicated and follows the Italian text closely. Corrections/suggestions are welcome.

Italian.png Italian text

Ultimi miei sospiri
che mi lasciate fredd'
e senza vita.
Contate i miei martiri.
Ai chi mori mi vedde
et non m'aita,
et dite, o beltà infinita,
dal tuo fedel
ne caccia empio martire.
Et se questo gli e grato,
gitene rat' in ciel a miglior stato,
ma se pietà gli por g'il vostro dire,
tornat' a me,
ch'io non voro morire.

English.png English translation

My last sighs
leave me cold
without life.
Count my martyrdoms
to the one who sees me
and does not help me.
And speak, O infinite beauty,
that your faithful one
may be spared pitiless suffering
and if this is pleasing to her,
go swiftly to heaven to a better state,
but if your words arouse her pity,
return to me
because I do not want to die.