Ny nuit ne jour je ne fay que songer
Poésies de P. de Ronsard … , Le Roy & Ballard 1579
An attractive setting from Regnard: though we ought to have some sympathy for the contra. She (or he, in the recording) spends over half the song constrained to a range of a third – most of pages 2-6 – though with a few chromatic notes Regnard does manage to create an interesting part for most of the time!
Regnard once again shows his preference for short texts: a 6-line setting this time, though he gives it quite an extended setting.
Again, we depend on the Ensemble Clément Janequin for a recording. (This song, incidentally, is the one they choose to open their disc with.) The extract runs from the bottom of p3 to the top of page 6, and shows the variety of movement Regnard achieves, together with the ‘illustrative’ tendencies of the style – running notes for ‘rit’ (laugh), longer notes for the pain s of love at the beginning of the extract…