Regnard – Contre mon gré

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Title

Contre mon gré l’atrait de tes beaux yeux

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)

 

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.

 

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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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