Las! je n’eusse jamais pensé
Musique de Guillaume Costeley, 1570
Costeley’s setting opens in a solidly homophonic style, but then loosens up with overlapping ripples of text. For a change, the alto gets a quite interesting part with the longest melisma in the piece!
The recording is a straightforward harpsichord transcription of the piece – a more elaborate version follows on the CD!