A la fontaine (Adrian Willaert)

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  • (Posted 2011-12-27)  CPDL #25067:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2011-11-30).   Score information: A4, 7 pages   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: À la fontaine

Composer: Adrian Willaert

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1545 in Sixiesme livre contenant trente et une chansons nouvelles a cinq et six parties (Susato), no. 7
    2nd published: 1572 in Mellange de chansons (Le Roy & Ballard), no. 104

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

À la fontaine du prés, Margot, Marguerite s’est baignée.
Son ami passait par là, qui la regarde, et hip !
« Belle, que faites-vous là, Margot, Marguerite ?
— J’arrose mon persinet [: persil] et ma souriette [: petite souris], et hip ! »

English.png English translation

At the fountain in the meadow, Margot, Marguérite was bathing.
Her lover passed there by, watching her, and hip!
“My beauty, what do you there, Margot, Marguérite?
— I’m washing my parsley, and my little mouse, and hip!”

Translation by Michael Nick