Utendal – Las, force m’est




Las, force m’est qu’en brulant je me taise


Alexander Utendal


Fröhliche neue Teutsche und Frantzösische Lieder, Dieterich Gerlach (Nuremberg) 1574

(text on Lieder.net site here)
(blog entry here)
(listen to the score here)
(recorded extract here: source, Utendal: Fröliche neue teutsche und frantzösiche Lieder, Kathelijne van Laethem with Romanesque)


Another short setting by Utendal, just taking the first quatrain of Ronsard’s sonnet, but using plenty of chromatic notes on the way! Effectively, Utendal is exploring a range of ‘foreign’ keys in a very short time, and it gives the song an attractively rich and complex sound. The rapid movement in crotchets also works well to obscure the essentially homophonic texture.








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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