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