Regnard – Je semble au mort

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The last of Regnard’s settings from the 1579 volume:

 

Title

Je semble au mort qu’on dévale en la fosse

Composer

François Regnard

Source

Poésies de P. de Ronsard … , Le Roy & Ballard 1579

(text on Lieder.net site here)
(blog entry here)
(listen to the score here)
(recorded extract unavailable)

 

As often, Regnard sets only the final sestet of Ronsard’s poem. It’s interesting to compare the approach Ronsard ‘sponsored’ in the musical supplement to his first collected set of sonnets – i.e. settings of the whole poem – with the approach taken by his composers. Those who are amateurs and littérateurs like Bertrand and Boni usually follows Ronsard’s preference and set the complete sonnet; those who are primarily musicians like Lassus or Regnard usually set only part of a poem… Whether that tells us anything about popular taste vs literary taste, poets vs musicians, etc I do not profess to know!! 🙂

Sadly, once again, no recording has been made of this setting…

 

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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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