Goudimel – Bon jour mon coeur




Bon jour mon coeur


Claude Goudimel


Neufiesme Livre de Chansons, Le Roy & Ballard 1559/1564

(text on Lieder.net site here)
(blog entry here)
(listen to the score here)
(recording here, from Bonjour mon coeur, Collegium Vocale Bydgoszcz)


The fourth of the five contemporary settings of this text which we will see: the others (so far) are by Lassus, de Monte and Pevernage. Goudimel’s is perhaps the most old-fashioned in style, mostly chordal and in only four voices; but it does have the distinction of being in triple-time, which (as we’ve seen) is only occasionally seen explicitly in these settings. In fact, while others have sections in triple-time, or sections in 4/4 which ought to be sung with a triple-time lilt, this is the only song entirely in triple-time so far (I think!).

Although my source is the two versions of the 9th Book, I ought to admit that the existing copies only preserve three of the four parts. Nevertheless this song is widely-known, and the fourth part readily available. (An admission: I don’t, however, know where it survived!)

The recording is from a lovely CD by a Polish group who are generously making their entire discography available free on YouTube & their website.







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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