To contrast with the last, a song by Janequin who was over 65 at the time he was asked by Ronsard’s publisher to contribute to a selection of settings which was printed as a supplement to the 1552 (first) publication of Ronsard’s Amours.
Petite Nymphe folastre
Clément Janequin (c1485-1558)
Supplement musical to the 1552 edition of Les amours de P de Ronsard Vandomoys, ensemble le cinquiesme de ses Odes, 1552
(text on recmusic.org/lieder site here)
(blog entry here)
(listen to the score here)
(recorded extract here – source: “La fleur des musiciens de Pierre de Ronsard“, Ensemble Vocal de Radio-Canada, 1976)
Janequin writes in the style of an older generation: less madrigalist, indeed less melodically-driven than Bertrand’s setting of 20-odd years later. Also a much plainer setting; following the style of older polyphony (Josquin, Gombert and others) Janequin develops the setting around short motifs which are then imitated and developed across the voices. Even by these earlier standards, though, his writing for the altus and bassus in this setting is dull – long strings of repeated notes, or alternations between B flat and F, notes a 5th apart which define the harmony. Again there are short homophonc sections giving emphasis to particular words or phrases – ‘Cytherée’ for instance.
The recorded extract is the second half of the song (from the middle of bar 23 in the transcription).
I have used Tiersot’s transcription of the setting, but doubled note-lengths – I prefer seeing the music in crotchets and quavers, rather than quavers and semi-quavers! Expert also published a version of this song in his Fleur des Musiciens de Ronsard, but transposed it a third higher.
facsimiles of the original publication, from Laumonier’s edition of the complete works: