Poésies de P. de Ronsard … , Le Roy & Ballard 1579
Another lovely 5-voice setting by Regnard, and a substantial one setting the whole of Ronsard’s text rather than a couple of quatrains as Regnard often does. Once again the quinta, as second tenor, forms a pair with the bass; though here the effect is not very marked, both being fully-integrated into a genuinely polyphonic texture. Regnard occasionally uses homophony as a fine effect – e.g. bottom of page 9 – but in a very un-French way.
This song, at least, has attracted one recording: and a very fine one from the Ensemble Clément Janequin, who certainly know their way around French music of the renaissance period. The extract I’ve chosen includes that bit of homophony: it runs from the bottom of page 8 through to the top of page 11 (roughly the first half of Regnard’s Seconde partie).