Elle s'en va de moi (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-16)  CPDL #52095:     
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2018-11-16).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 82 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2015-05-22)  CPDL #35500:         
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2015-05-22).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 70 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original key (chiavi naturali) and note-values. Alto parts are in tenor clef. French spelling modernised.

General Information

Title: Elle s'en va de moi
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
Lyricist: Clément Marot

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1560 in Tiers livre des chansons a 4-6 parties, no. 12
    2nd published: 1567 in Quatorsièsme livre de chansons (Le Roy & Ballard), Edition 2, no. 11
    3rd published: 1570 in Mellange d'Orlande de Lassus, no. 67
    4th published: 1574 in La fleur des chansons des deux plus excellens musiciens de nostre temps (Bavent), Livre 2, no. 2
    5th published: 1576 in Le thresor de musique (sacred contrafact), Edition 1, no. 88
    6th published: 1582 in Le thresor de musique (sacred contrafact), Edition 2, no. 104
    7th published: 1592 in La fleur des chansons, no. 64
    8th published: 1594 in Florilegium (ed. Adrian Denss) – arr. for three voices and lute, no. 74

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Original text
Elle s'en va de moi la mieux aimée
elle s'en va certes et si demeure
dedans mon coeur tellement imprimée
qu'elle y sera jusques à ce qu'il meure.

Sacred contrafact (from Le thresor de musique d'Orlande de Lassus)
Elle perit ma chair qu'ai tant aimee:
Elle s'en va certes et si demeure
Dedans mon coeur, tellement obstinee,
Qu'elle y sera jusqu'à tant que je meure.

English.png English translation

She’s leaving me, the one that I love best,
She’s leaving without doubt, and if she stays
So indelibly stamped upon my breast,
There she will be ‘til the end of my days.

Translation by Thomas Daughton