Si je trépasse
François Regnard (dates unknown, fl. 1570s)
Poésies de P. de Ronsard et autres Poëtes, 1579, by Regnard
(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)
This is the first Ronsard setting in Regnard’s book – perhaps the slow opening and slowly gathering pace of the piece reflect their deliberate placement in this position.
The recorded extract is from the top of page 2 onwards; it’s a slow and heartfelt performance, which reflects the long note-lengths of the opening, though the Egidius Kwartet race through the same piece in about half the time giving the text a much lighter feel!
This page from the tenor part-book is taken from the online copy made available by the Bibliothèque municipale, Orléans, in their Bibliothèques Virtuelles Humanistes.