Certon – J’espere et crains


This is the first setting in the anthology of settings published as a Supplement to the Amours of 1552.


J’espere et crains


Pierre Certon (1520-72)


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 – not available)

Another early setting: the essentially homophonic and regular rhythms of the first half of the poem progressively loosen up in the second half, as Certon plays with much more varied rhythms and cross-rhythms, as well as demanding a wider vocal range (especially in the contratenor altus). There’s even room for some melismas! In this setting, I have written out the musical repeat of the quatrain, as it runs awkwardly across bars.

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About fattoxxon

Who am I? Lover of all sorts of music - classical, medieval, world (anything from Africa), world-classical (Uzbek & Iraqi magam for instance), and virtually anything that won't be on the music charts... Lover of Ronsard's poetry (obviously) and of sonnets in general. Reader of English, French, Latin & other literature. And who is Fattoxxon? An allusion to an Uzbek singer - pronounce it Patahan, with a very plosive 'P' and a throaty 'h', as in 'khan')

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