Pourquoi donc ne fringuerons nous? (Pierre Passereau)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2020-10-25).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 229 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. This edition is offered at original pitch for SATB or transposed down a fourth for ATTB. Modern French underlay.

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Title: Pourquoi donc ne fringuerons nous?
Composer: Pierre Passereau

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SATB or ATTB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1533 in Vingt et sept chansons musicales à quatre parties (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 24
    2nd published: 1536 in Tiers livre contenant XXI chansons à quatre esleves de plusieurs livres (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 5
    3rd published: 1538 in Venticinque canzoni francese a quatro (Antonio Gardano), no. 13

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Pourquoi donc ne fringuerons nous
entre nos jeunes dames?
Pourquoi donc ne fringuerons nous
en dépit de ces faux jaloux?
Ces faux par grand envie
m'ont mis dessus qu'ai fait jolie
d'avoir fringué sous les courtines,
fut au soir ou devant matines.
Mais quoi qu'en soit si danserons nous,
Moi et mon amie par amours?

English.png English translation

So why shouldn't we touch up
with our young totty?
So why shouldn't we touch up
despite jealous knockers?
These well hard knockers
have put me off my stroke;
off touch-ups under the drapes,
at night or before "morning service (!)"
But so what if we caper and firk it,
Me and my sex buddy?
(trans. Timmi O'Danaos & Donna Ferrentes)