De fructu vitae (Jean Maillard)
- Editor: Adrian Wall (submitted 2020-10-03). Score information: A4, 4 pages, 667 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Transposed up a minor 3rd. Note values halved.
Title: De fructu vitae
Composer: Jean Maillard
First published: 1555 in Moteta quatuor, quinque, et sex vocum liber primus (Le Roy & Ballard, Paris), no. 9
2nd published: 1565 in Modulorum Ioannis Maillardi. Primum volumen. (Le Roy & Ballard, Paris)
Description: In the sources, the quinta pars has the inscription Canon. Tout vient a poinct qui scait attendre ("All things come on time to him who knows to wait"). The plainchant cantus firmus (an antiphon for St Cecilia's Day) is printed with (in the 1555 volume) numbers beneath, at the start and in each of the gaps between phrases. The resolution is in 2 parts: firstly a pun on à point – all the notes should be read as dotted; secondly, the singer should wait the given number of beats in each gap. In their 1565 volume of Maillard's motets, the publishers print this resolution in full.
Original text and translations
De fructu vitae non gustabit cor tuum
Your heart will not taste the fruit of life