Per pianto la mia carne (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2014-01-02)  CPDL #30912:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2014-01-02).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 96 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: 1583 edition by Phalesius.
  • (Posted 2013-10-03)  CPDL #30231:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2013-10-03).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 83 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: 1555 edition by Susato.

General Information

Title: Per pianto
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
Lyricist: Jacopo Sannazaro

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

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1555 in Le quatoirsiesme livre a 4 parties, no. 2
  2nd published: 1560 in Madrigali a 4 voci, libro primo, no. 1
  3rd published: 1583 in Harmonia celeste, no. 5

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

Per pianto la mia carne si distilla
sì come al sol la neve
o come al vento si disfà la nebbia;
né so che far mi debbia.
Or pensate al mio mal, qual esser deve.

English.png English translation

It melts away in tears, my flesh,
as snow in the sun
or as fog is dispersed by the wind;
and I just don't know what to do with myself.
Now, think upon my pain, what it must be like.

Translation by Campelli

Spanish.png Spanish translation

Destílase en llorar la carne mía,
assí como al sol la nieve,
o al viento niebla;
ya no sé qué me haga.
Ora pensa mi mal, qué tal ser deve.

Translation by Jénonimo Jiménez de Urrea