Costeley – Je veux aymer ardantement




Je veux aymer ardantement


Guillaume Costeley


Musique de Guillaume Costeley, 1570


(text on site here)
(not yet on blog)
(listen to the score here)
(recorded extract not available)


I feel the need to apologise. Costeley was perfectly capable of writing a good song, but this one – well, it plods along in a dull repetitive rhythm, with short snippets of melody repeating themselves, thuddingly underlining the rhyming couplets. It breaks into a sort of gentle canter towards the end, but that’s not enough to make it interesting. And the simple repeat for the second verse is even worse, when it ignores the one moment when Ronsard offers a strong enjambement over the line-ending (” … mesprisent / Amour …”) & submits it to the same painful plodding re-use of the tune. About the best thing I can say about it, is that it is short!

Not surprisingly I cannot find any recordings of this one!

Let’s be fair, though: the next song is in a very different style and much finer – in this one, then, Costeley is pointing at the weaknesses of the old-style French chanson, by way of underlining how much better the new style is. And no doubt poking fun at old-fashioned composers like Certon.









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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