Si, mi dicesti si (Peter Philips)
- Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2017-02-23). Score information: A4, 8 pages, 66 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Modern clefs; original pitch and note values.
First published: 1604
Description: Source: Published by Pierre Phalese the Younger in Antwerp in: Di Pietro Philippi Inglese Organista delli sereniss. prencipi Alberto et Isabella Archiduchi d'Austria &c. Il Primo Libro di Madrigali a Sei Voci. The original clefs were C1, C1, C3, C4, C4, F4. The unusually sudden ending, with just a crotchet in all voice parts, is clearly a humorous word-painting effect, and is reminiscent of the ending of Jean Crespel's setting of Vox in Rama which similarly suggests something (in that case, however, the lives of infants) being suddenly snuffed out.
Original text and translations
Si, mi dicesti si, ed io quel dolcissimo “si” mandai al core
Translation by Mick Swithinbank