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Si ch'io vorrei morire

By Claudio Monteverdi

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SATBB choir a cappella (SATBB choir)
Composed by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643). Edited by Kenneth Fulton. Octavo. Alliance Music Publications #AMP 0041. Published by Alliance Music Publications (AN.AMP-0041).

Item Number: AN.AMP-0041


Si ch'io vorrei morire

Yes, I want to die!
Now, with love, I kiss the mouth of my lover.
Ah, dear and sweet kiss,
You give me such a feeling that I may pass on.
Oh my life, on this pale breast!
For pity's sake, love me.
Oh, the mouth, the kiss.
The words return again to say:
Yes, I want to die!

Si ch'io vorrei morire is from Claudio Monteverdi's n Quarto Libro deMadrigali a cinque voci (Fourth Book of Madrigals for Five Voices) publishedin 1603. It is written in a style consistent with the choral/vocal music of the highRenaissance, a much different style than one finds in the late books of madrigalsby the same composer.

Editorial accidentals are enclosed in parentheses [ ( # ) etc ]. One note has beenaltered to correct a probable error (the original note is indicated in parenthesesin measure 55). All expressive markings are suggestions from the editor.

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