Costeley – Venus est par cent mille noms


[EDIT:  this is a re-post, re-transcribed from the original source.]



Venus est pas cent mille noms


Guillaume Costeley (1530-1606)


Musique, by Guillaume Costeley, 1570

(text not yet on site)
(blog entry here)
(listen to the score here)
(recorded extract here – source:  Pierre de Ronsard et la musique, Kühn chamber choir)


Costeley was part of Baïf’s Academie de musique et de poésie, and coincidentally born in the same part of the Auvergne as Bertrand and Boni. Unlike them he followed a purely musical career, as royal organist when Charles IX was on the throne, and is famous for his many chansons. Not so many of them were to texts by Ronsard, though – only 6 of the 100 or so surviving songs.

A remarkably homophonic song, not many accidentals, and really no chromaticism at all – a nice easy piece to transcribe. The recorded extract, the opening half-dozen lines, demonstrates this neatly.


Here are the reproductions I used, taken from the ground-breaking article Ronsard et les musiciens du XVIe Siècle published by Charles Comte & Paul Laumonier in the Revue d’Histoire littéraire de la France 1900:







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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