Petite camusette (Josquin des Prez)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-09)  CPDL #51784:     
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2018-11-09).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 63 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2013-12-31)  CPDL #30877:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2013-12-31).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 87 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2006-01-09)  CPDL #10695:         
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2006-01-09).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 71 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original key, note values halved. Listed alphabetically by composer and title on external site.
  • (Posted 2003-08-04)  CPDL #05406:        (Finale 2000)
Editor: Sabine Cassola (submitted 2003-08-04).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 120 kB    Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Original key and note values.

General Information

Title: Petite camusette
Composer: Josquin des Prez

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSTTBB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1545 in Septiesme livre contenant vingt-quatre chansons a cinq et six parties (Tielman Susato), no. 18
    2nd published: 1550 in Livre 36: 30 chansons tres musicales (Pierre Attaingant), no. 19
Description: The two tenor parts are in strict canon at the unison.

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Petite camusette, à la mort m'avez mis,
Robin et Marion, s'en vont au bois joly.
Ilz s'en vont, ilz s'en vont bras à bras,
ilz se sont endormis. petite camusette,
à la mort m'avez mis.

German.png German translation

Die kleine Camusette trieb mich in den Tod.
Robin und Marion gingen in den hübschen Wald,
Sie gingen Arm in Arm davon, sie schliefen ein.
Die kleine Camusette trieb mich in den Tod.

English.png English translation

Little Camusette (you little minx), you will be the death of me.
Robin and Marion, they went off to the pretty (green) woods.
They went off, they went off arm in arm.
They fell asleep.
Little minx, you will be the death of me.