Alma ben nata (Philippe de Monte)

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  • CPDL #31449:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2014-03-08).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 80 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Alma ben nata
Composer: Philippe de Monte

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SSAT
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1583 in Musica divina di 19 autori illustri, no. 9

Description: Transcribed from the "Musica Divina di XIX autori illustri a IIII. V. VI et VII voci, nuovamente raccolta da Pietro Phalesio et data in luce in Anversa - 1588". The keys, time signatures, notes' values and accidentals are as in the original print. The C clefs are transposed to the G clef and to the modern Tenor clef. The accidental above the note is editorial.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Alma ben nata se mi duol & dolse
La subita partit’a voi nol dico,
Che ben sapete cio ch’amor mi tolse,
& per che so ch’in vano m’affatico
In chieder gratia al mio aversario antico:
Vi prego anima bella
Poi che mia guida sete e la mia stella
Che ritornat’homai
Piu bella no, ma piu pietosa assai.

English.png English translation

Noble soul, your sudden leaving,
Though it pain me, think not I would say so.
What I lost through love, which caused my grieving
– In vain for mercy I beseech my ancient foe –
This and how it chanced, too well you know.
Gentle soul, please listen to my plea:
Since you are my pole, my guiding star,
As I implore you, now return to me –
More lovely? No – more merciful by far.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank