Arda pur sempre o mora (Luca Marenzio)

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  • (Posted 2020-02-20)   CPDL #57134:       
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2020-02-20).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 75 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from 1595 print. Original key (high chiavette) and note values.
  • (Posted 2019-10-26)   CPDL #55743:     
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2019-10-26).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 79 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: Arda pur sempre o mora
Composer: Luca Marenzio
Lyricist: Giovanni Battista Guarini

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1595 in Il settimo libro de madrigali a cinque voci, no. 11

Description: A madrigal with some harsh dissonances and chromaticism.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Arda pur sempre o mora
O languisca il cor mio,
A lui fien lievi pene
Per sì bella cagion pianti e sospiri,
Strazio, pene, tormenti, esiglio e morte,
Pur ché prima la vita,
Che questa fe si scioglia:
Ch'assai peggio di morte è il cangiar voglia.