Costeley – Las! je n’eusse




Las! je n’eusse jamais pensé


Guillaume Costeley


Musique de Guillaume Costeley, 1570


(text on site here)
(blog entry here)
(listen to the score here)
(recorded extract here – source:  Mignonne allons voir si la Rose, Ludus Modalis)


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!


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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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