Voi volete ch'io mora (Carlo Gesualdo)

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  • (Posted 2014-12-28)   CPDL #33918:   
Editor: Christos Christodoulou (submitted 2014-12-28).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 67 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Voi volete ch'io mora
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Guarini (Madrigali 23)

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1595 in Madrigali a 5 voci, libro terzo, no. 1

Description: Contains second part "Moro ò non moro"

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Voi volete ch’io mora
ne mi togliete ancora
questa misera vita,
e non mi date incontr’a morte aita.

Moro o non moro, ho mai non mi negate,
mercede o feritate.
Crudel, se voi mi fate
morir quando non moro, qual martire
mi farete, morendo, oimè, sentire?