Parto ò non parto? (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2017-05-31)   CPDL #44776:          (Finale 2014)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2017-05-31).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 274 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Parto ò non parto?
Composer: Luca Marenzio
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Guarini

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1599

Description: The high tessitura of the four upper parts, and the Guarini text suggest that this madrigal was written for the Concerto delle Donne; hence SSAAB-voicing.

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Original text and translations

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Parto ò non parto? Ahi come resto,
Se parte la corporea salma,
O come parto se qui resta l'alma?
E se ne l'alma è vita,
Come non moro se di lei son privo?
O come moro s'a la pena i' vivo?
Ahi fiera dipartita:
Come m'insegna la mia dura sorte
Che'l partir de gli amanti è viva morte.