Cueurs desolez par toute nation a 5 (Josquin des Prez)

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General Information

Title: Cueurs desolez par toute nation
Composer: Josquin des Prez

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1550 in Livre 36: 30 chansons tres musicales (Pierre Attaingant), no. 28
Description: A four-voice setting of this text by Josquin also exists.

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  • Free choir training aids for this work are available at Choralia.

Original text and translations

French.png French text

Cueurs desolez par toute nation.
Assemblez duiel et lamentation.
Ne cherchez plus l’armoniance,
Lyre d’Orpheus pour voz resiouysance.
Mais plongez vous en desolation.

Tenor line from Lamentations of Jeremiah:
Plorans ploravit in nocte,
et lacrymae eius maxillis eius,
non est qui consoletur eam
ex omnibus caris eius.

English.png English translation

Hearts, grieve for all the nation.
Assemble sorrow and lamentation.
Do not search for harmony anymore,
for Orpheus’ lyre to rejoice,
but plunge yourselves into desolation.

Tenor line from Lamentations of Jeremiah:
She weepeth sore in the night,
and her tears are on her cheeks;
she hath none to comfort her
among all her lovers.