Si vous n'estes en bon point (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2015-02-17)  CPDL #34600: 
A4 size:        
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Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2015-02-17).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 58 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch (chiavi naturali) and note-values. Alto part is in tenor clef.

General Information

Title: Si vous n'estes en bon point
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
Lyricist: Clément Marot

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1564 in Premier livre des chansons a 4 et 5 parties, no. 14
    2nd published: 1565 in Dixsetieme livre de chansons (Le Roy & Ballard), Edition 1, no. 10
    3rd published: 1570 in Mellange d'Orlande de Lassus, no. 27
    4th published: 1576 in Le thresor de musique (sacred contrafact), Edition 1, no. 39
    5th published: 1592 in La fleur des chansons, no. 23
    6th published: 1843 in Recueil des morceaux de musique ancienne, Volume 5, no. 50

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Original text
Si vous n'êtes en bon point,
bien à point,
quelque jour engresserez
et alors vous le serez,
serez point.

Sacred contrafact (from Le thresor de musique d'Orlande de Lassus)
Si vous n'estes en bon point,
Bien à point,
Quelque jour mieux vous ferez,
Et alors sages serez,
Serez point.

English.png English translation

If you aren’t a handsome chap,
It’s a trap,
Someday you’ll be fat you see
Then you know what you will be:
Just a sap.

Translation by Thomas Daughton