Vents hardis (Clément Janequin)

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  • (Posted 2015-02-16)  CPDL #34598:       
Editor: Louis Tanguay (submitted 2015-02-16).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original key. f# in bar 7, Tenor, is editorial. The repeat does not work in the original, so an extra bar has been omitted in some parts, in order to make it work.

General Information

Title: Ventz hardis
Composer: Clément Janequin

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1552 in Livre 10: XXVI chansons nouvelles (Nicolas Du Chemin), no. 11

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Ventz hardis et légiers,
Soyez moy messagiers,
Portez ou est m'amye
De ce cornet le son,
Elle trouvera bon
Par sus toute harmonie.
Que cela signifie
A elle mon retour.
Tron tron tron…
Dictes luy que ma trompe
Son désir point ne trompe
Et qu'y seray ce jour.
Tron tron tron…

English.png English translation

Ye winds both rough and fine,
Be messengers of mine,
To my love porter be
Of this my horn the sound,
To her it will resound
Beyond all harmony.
And let it witness be
For her of my return.
Tron, tron, tron…
Tell her that my cornet
Can satisfy her yet
As she today will learn.
Tron, tron, tron...

Translation by Thomas Daughton