Nimphes nappes (Josquin des Prez)

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  • (Posted 2020-08-31)  CPDL #60348:     
Editor: Adrian Wall (submitted 2020-08-31).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 799 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transposed up a fourth. Note values halved. Some amendments to text underlay. Alto and tenor parts swapped between bars 24 and 48, to facilitate performance by SAATTB. Text Nymphes nappés with contrafactum Haec dicit Domine.
  • (Posted 2013-11-02)  CPDL #30485:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2013-11-02).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 105 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:

General Information

Title: Nimphes nappes
Composer: Josquin des Prez

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicings: SAATTB or ATTTTB
Genre: SecularChanson

Languages: French, Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1537 in Novum et insigne opus musicum (Ott and Formschneider) with text Haec dicit Dominus, Volume 1, no. 12
  2nd published: 1545 in Septiesme livre de chansons with text Nimphes nappes, no. 22
  3rd published: 1558 in Novum et insigne opus musicum (Berg and Neuber) with text Haec dicit Dominus, Volume 1, no. 5

Description: Although Novum et insigne opus musicum (1537) is the earliest printed source, it has been shown that Nymphes nappés was the original text and Haec dicit Dominus is a contrafactum made by Conrad Rupsch (c.1475-1530).

External websites:
Patrick Macey: An Expressive Detail in Josquin's "Nimphes, nappés"
John Milsom: Circumdederunt: a favourite cantus firmus of Josquin's?

Original text and translations

French.png French text

Original text
Nimphes nappes neridriades driades
venez plorer ma desolation
car ie languis en telle affliction
que mes espris sont plus mort que malades

Cantus firmus: Circumdederunt me gemitus mortis: dolores inferni circumdederunt me.

Modern French
Nymphes des eaux, Néridriades, Nymphes des bois,
venez pleurer ma désolation
car je languis en telle affliction
que mes esprits sont plus morts que malades.

English.png English translation

Water nymphs, Nereids, Dryads,
come and mourn my desolation
for I suffer such affliction
that my spirits are more dead than alive.

Cantus firmus: The groans of death have encircled me: the sorrows of hell have enclosed me.