Monteverdi's Fourth Book of Madrigals
English Translations 

Thank you for visiting this website of translations of the texts from the Fourth Book of madrigals by Monteverdi. Whilst there exist English translations of many of the vocal texts of the madrigal repertoire, these sometimes use an English that is archaic, with the result that performances can lose much of the immediacy and freshness that the composer intended and the works demand.

If you would like to enquire about commissioning a new and original translation in contemporary English, which remains faithful to the meaning of the original and that can either be sung or read to accompany and illuminate a performance in the original language (as with these Monteverdi translations), please send me an email. You can also use this to request permission to reproduce or use for performance the translations on this website. 

Charles Marshall   


Email: charlesmarshall65 at

Other Translations
(Book 5)
(Book 5)
(Book 5)
(Book 8)
(Book 3)


  Compose a madrigal