Sufficiebat nobis paupertas nostra (Jean Richafort)
- (Posted 2019-03-16) CPDL #53583:
- Editor: Andrew Fysh (submitted 2019-03-16). Score information: A4, 6 pages Copyright: CC BY SA
- Edition notes: At original pitch. Original note values retained in Superius part only; note values halved in other parts (see Editorial Notes in score). Transcribed and edited from the Attaingnant's 1534 publication and three other earlier hand-copied sources as acknowledged in the Editorial Notes. Text of Hayne's chanson Mon souvenir, whose Tenor line is used as the Superius line here, is included for historical context only.
Title: Sufficiebat nobis paupertas nostra
Composer: Jean Richafort
Source of text: adapted from Tobit 5:24–26 and 10:4 (Biblia Sacra Vulgata)
First published: 1534 in Attaingnant, Motettorum Liber IV [Paris, 1534] (RISM 1534/6), though it appears in hand-copied sources as early as c.1505–15, including the Rusconi Codex 
Description: Many sources of this work pre-date Attaingnant's 1534 collection, suggesting that Richafort might have composed it while serving in the French Royal Chapel in the 1510s. The marking Mon souvenir in Attaingnant's Superius partbook acknowledges Richafort's having employed the Tenor line of Mon souvenir me fait mourir by Hayne van Ghizeghem, a prolific chanson composer of the late 15th century. The only other known setting, by Jacquet de Mantua, also appears in the Rusconi Codex and is based on the same chanson.
Original text and translations
Sufficiébat nobis paupértas nostra,
Our poverty was enough for us,