Languir me fais (Anonymous)

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Editor: Adrian Wall (submitted 2020-10-10).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 628 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Note values halved. Text (with modernised spelling) underlaid.

General Information

Title: Languir me fais
Composer: Anonymous
Lyricist: Clément Marot , Chanson XIII of L'Adolescence Clémentine (1532)

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SMATB
Genre: SecularChansonCanon

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1556 in Practica musica Hermanni Finckii, Liber 3, no. 25

Description: The third book of Hermann Finck's Practica Musica is dedicated to canons and includes 26 examples. As with nearly all the items in the collection, this example is untexted (just the first three words are given) and unattributed. The alto part contains the melody of a chanson, with text by Marot, which was also set by Sermisy and Clemens. The piece has the inscription Qui se humiliat, exaltabitur ("who humbles himself will be exalted"); four voices are provided and Finck explains that a fifth voice may be generated, in canon with the alto line, starting a fifth below and moving a note up the scale each time a rest is encountered, thus finishing a fifth above.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Languir me fais sans t'avoir offensée.