O Dio, che pena (Antonio Scandello)

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  • (Posted 2019-07-12)   CPDL #54754:       
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2019-07-12).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 80 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A semidiplomatoric edition. Note-values are as in the original. Though the Chiavetti cleffing suggests a transposition the piece is left in the original key. Ficta are added sparingly.

General Information

Title: O Dio, che pena
Composer: Antonio Scandello

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1566 in El primo libro delle canzoni napoletane, no. 2


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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

 O Dio, O Dio, che pena,
  O Dio, che pena grand'
  O che martire,
  me dano sciochi,
  Quando le girate
  Aime, aime,
  che crudeltade a far morir,
  ogn' un che risguardate

English.png English translation

O God, O God, what a pain,
   O God, what a great pain,
   Or what suffering,
   you make a fool of me
   as every one turn and look at you.
   Alas, alas,
   What a cruelty that makes me die,
   as everyone you look at you.