Contentement combien soit (Thomas Crecquillon)

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  • (Posted 2013-07-04)  CPDL #29567:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2013-07-04).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 75 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Contentement combien soit
Composer: Thomas Crecquillon

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATT
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1549 in Unziesme livre contenant vingt et neuf chansons amoureuses (Tielman Susato), no. 5

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Original text
Contentement combien soit grant chose
ne dure pas la longueur dung seul iour,
soudain revient linsatiable amour
pour reveiller mon cueur quant il repose.

Modern French
Contentement combien que soit grande chose
ne dure pas la longueur d'un jour.
Soudain revient l'insatiable amour
pour réveiller mon cœur quand il repose.

English.png English translation

No matter how satisfying it may be to experience contentement,
it never lasts, not even one day.
Suddenly, unsatiable love strikes again
and wakens a sleeping heart.