Bon jour mon coeur
Neufiesme Livre de Chansons, Le Roy & Ballard 1559/1564
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.