Regnard – Je suis plus aise




Je suis plus aise que les Dieux


François Regnard


Poésies de P. de Ronsard et autres Poëtes, 1579


(text on site here)
(blog entry here)
(listen to the score here)
(recorded extract here – source: Ronsard et les Néerlandais, Egidius Kwartet)


Only the first quatrain, and not even a complete version of those lines – Regnard keeps it short and sweet in this setting! The superius has a text variant at the top of page 3 – a quite suitable typo, but on this occasion Ronsard is happy not sad… The quavers on the first beat of bar 27 surprised me (I think this is Regnard stretching the ‘rules’) but this is a fluent setting designed to engage the reader / listener at the opening of the book, alongside “Si je trespasse”.

Reg-JSPA(Image courtesy of Uppsala universitetsbibliotek.)

 The recorded extract is the end of the chanson, from “Tout esperdu…” onwards.









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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