Sweelinck – Plus tu cognois




Plus tu cognois que je brusle pour toy


Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)


Chansons a cinc parties de M. Jean Pierre Svvelingh, 1594


(text on Lieder.net site here)
(blog entry here)
(listen to the score here)
(recording here – source: Sweelinck, The Secular Vocal Works, Gesualdo Consort Amsterdao)


Here’s the other Sweelinck setting of Ronsard. Little to add to my previous comments on Sweelinck – though you might note the way the opening melodic phrase is picked up and repeated (again and again) very precisely in each voice – a move towards baroque fugue technique, beyond the looser approaches of the renaissance fuga. Sweelinck also delivers a fabulous cadence at bar 40, where the newly-departing phrase manages to take off without in any way diminishing the power of the ‘minor’ feeling as the previous one finishes. Ravishing! (That ‘minor’ mood was also clear in the previous Sweelinck piece – another sign of his move towards baroque tonality and away from renaissance ‘modes’.)

Incidentally, this text is one of the most popular among Ronsard’s composers – the first time we’ve had it here, but plenty more to come…



















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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