Regnard – Si je trépasse




Si je trépasse


François Regnard  (dates unknown, fl. 1570s)


Poésies de P. de Ronsard et autres Poëtes, 1579, by Regnard

(text on 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!

EDIT: I’ve re-edited this piece, and the score is now at the original pitch rather than down a tone as per Expert’s transcription.

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.


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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