Goudimel – Qui renforcera ma voix




Qui renforcera ma voix


Claude Goudimel (1510 or later – 1572)


Supplement musical to the 1552 edition of Les amours de P de Ronsard Vandomoys, ensemble le cinquiesme de ses Odes, 1552

(text not yet on recmusic.org/lieder site)
(listen to the score here)
(blog entry here)
(recorded extract can be heard here sung by Ensemble Candor Vocalis)


This is a much more consciously virtuosic setting than Certon’s rather simple approach: Goudimel had worked on the Huguenot (Protestant) psalm-settings, replacing the Latin settings with French ones, and was hugely experienced. His music has much more demanding intervals for the singers – less step-wise motion and more jumps of a third, fourth, or more – as well as less four-square rhythms – dotted crotchets across bar-lines (as transcribed) giving you some feel of the asymmetries he builds into the music.

Strange that this is a piece which seems to have had only one recording, and a fairly obscure one at that.

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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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