Clereau – Nature ornant




Nature ornant la dame


Pierre Clereau (or Cler’eau)  (c.1520-c.1567)


Dixiesme Livre de Chansons, Le Roy & Ballard 1559

(text on site here)
(blog entry here)
(listen to the score here)
(recording not available)


Completing our sweep through Clereau’s Ronsard settings in book 10 is Nature ornant. This is a rather more straightforward setting than the extensive Comment au departir, almost entirely free of accidentals (and thus not venturing into other keys) and while perhaps unremarkable it is a gentle, pleasant, and well-written example of the mid-sixteenth-century French style. If you compare the Janequin setting, you can see that things have moved on a little from his style.

Perhaps because it is not unusual, there are (so far as I can find) no recordings available.








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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