Se vittorie sì belle (Claudio Monteverdi)

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Editor: Peter Rottländer (submitted 2013-09-01).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 136 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Title: Se vittorie sì belle
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: TT
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1638 in Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi (Claudio Monteverdi), no. 4
  2nd published: 1651 in Madrigali e canzonette libro nono (Claudio Monteverdi), no. 3
Description: There are no musically relevant differences between both versions.

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Se vittorie sì belle
han le guerre d'amore,
fatti guerrier mio core.
E non temer degli amorosi strali
le ferite mortali.
Pugna, sappi ch'è gloria
il morir per desio de la vittoria.

English.png English translation

If love's wars have such beautiful victories,
become a warrior, my heart,
and do not fear the mortal wounds
made by the arrows of love.
Fight in the knowledge that it is glorious
to die of desire for victory.