Regnard – Boy Janin

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Title

Boy Janin a moy tour a tour

Composer

François Regnard

Source

Poésies de P. de Ronsard … , Le Roy & Ballard 1579

(text on Lieder.net site here)
(blog entry here)
(listen to the score here)
(recorded extract here, source: Ensemble Clément Janequin, Chansons sur des Poèmes de Ronsard)

 

In contrast to several of the Regnard settings, this one is a drinking song and progresses rapidly in crotchets rather than minims throughout. I have to say it seems very tuneful and controlled (well, it is polyphony!) rather than dissolute and rather drunk – but Ronsard too threads a fine line between the two. He titled this one ‘Ode geniale’ and that perhaps sums up Regnards setting. (Janin, by the way, turns out not to be ‘Johnny’ but to be Janet, the King’s painter – François Clouet, nicknamed ‘Johnny’ after his father Jean Clouet!

Again, we have the excellent Ensemble Clément Janequin to thank for a recording. I’ve generously given you the whole of the second part!

 

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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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