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Transcript of Monteverdi
(sometimes accompanied by plucked string instruments, eg, A Lute) This type of work originated in C16th Italy, although it spread to other countries such as England.
Published in 1603 in Il quarto libro di madrigali
(the 4th book of madrigals )
Probably performed at the Mantuan Court by professional singers
Poem by - Giovanni Batista Guarini (1538-1612) A major Italian Poet
Monteverdi set a number of texts by Guarini, who had close ties with Mantua (where Monteverdi was based) performance dissonant harmony 1-19 20-38 39-67 Translation
Ah me, my lady, if you so delight
To hear a breathed 'ah me',
Why then so swiftly do to endless night
A wretch that breathes 'ah me'?
For if I die, brief will your pleasure be
To hear one weak and anguished last 'Ah me'
But if you shall grant me grace, my lady bright,
Then shall you hear my ecstacy
Ten thousand times breathe out a soft 'Ah me Style: Serious Representational style composers sought to represent every nuance of the text.
Poem by Guarini - set line by line
Composed for 5 voices