Faulte d'argent (Adrian Willaert)

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  • (Posted 2010-12-05)  CPDL #22784:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2010-12-05).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 98 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Faulte dargent
Composer: Adrian Willaert

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: STTTTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1544 in Cincquiesme livre contenant trente-deux chansons a cinq et six parties, no. 14

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Faulte d'argent c'est douleur non pareille,
si je le dis icy bien raison pourquoy, si je le dis las,
je scay bien pourquoy, sans de quibus,
il s'en fault tenir quoy,
femme qui dort pour argent on l'esveille.

English.png English translation

With empty purses, furrowed brows
Must be our lot, and this is why:
We penniless, ignored, must sigh;
A sleeping woman they will rouse
If you have the means to buy.
Translation by Mick Swithinbank

Translator's note: This rather blunt variant of the French text seems to have more unpleasant overtones than the one set by Josquin, which at least merely suggests that a sleeping woman will awake spontaneously in response to money.