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Poésies de P. de Ronsard … , Le Roy & Ballard 1579
Another attractive setting by Regnard, again tackling the whole of Ronsard’s sonnet rather than just half. In fact this is a particularly good setting, and continuing variety in the deployment of the voices keeps the interest throughout. There’s also a tremendous number of accidentals!!
As is common in the polyphonic style, Regnard usually writes one section or phrase at a time, bringing it to a cadence before starting the next section: in this song, he often chooses not to overlap the sections at the cadence as he often does, thus making the sectional writing easier to hear.
Once again we have the Ensemble Clément Janequin to thank for a recording. I’ve chosen the opening, where you can hear the sections following each other phrase by phrase.