Alma Susanna (Cipriano de Rore)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-15)   CPDL #52039:   
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2018-11-15).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 102 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2015-09-28)   CPDL #36961: 
A4 size:      
Letter size:      
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2015-09-28).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 98 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1568 Gardano edition. Original pitch (chiavi naturali) and note-values.

General Information

Title: Alma Susanna
Composer: Cipriano de Rore

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1565 in Le vive fiamme de' vaghi e dilettevoli madrigali, Scotto, Venice

  2nd published: 1566 in Il quinto libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 5


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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Alma Susanna, ben felice è il core
ch'arde del vostro amore,
sì dolce è il guardo de' begli occhi ardenti
sì sagge le parole
e sì soave è il grazioso riso
che può quettar i venti,
fermar i fiumi e il sole
ed in terra mostrarne il paradiso.
Poi tra tanta beltà, tanta virtute
sovra l'umana usanza
la bella anima vostra alberga e chiude
ch'ogni pensier avanza.
Dunque Susanna, ben felice è il core
ch'arde del vostro amore.

English.png English translation

Wholesome Susanna, happy is the heart
That burns with your love,
So sweet is the gaze of your beautiful bright eyes,
So wise are your words,
And so gentle is your graceful laugh
That it can hush the winds,
Stop the rivers and the sun
And show us what paradise there is on earth.
Yet aside from such beauty, so much virtue –
Beyond human standards –
Harbors and encloses your beautiful soul
That it quickens all inspiration.
Therefore Susanna, happy is the heart
That burns with your love.