Parasti in dulcedine tua (Nicolle des Celliers de Hesdin)
- Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2017-07-21). Score information: A4, 20 pages, 124 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Transposed down a minor third, the original clefs having been G2, C1, C3, C3, F3.
First published: 1534 in Motettorum, Book 3 (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 2
2nd published: 1545 in Cantiones septem, sex et quinque vocum (Sigmund Salminger), no. 31
Description: A motet by a composer who died young, and few of whose works have survived. Intriguingly, the Italian theorist Giovanni Lanfranco mentioned him in the same breath as Willaert, Festa and Jacquet of Mantua, suggesting that he was highly thought of and also that, like those others, he may have worked in Italy for a time, although beginning and ending his life in France. This is a very consonant work and, despite some contrasts (notably one homophonic passage contrasting with the otherwise more contrapuntal texture), I am not sure that its inventiveness is of the very highest order, although others may now judge that for themselves.
Original text and translations
Parasti in dulcedine tua pauperi
O sweet Jesus