Ung coup dessay (Clément Janequin)

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  • (Posted 2023-04-03)  CPDL #73334:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2023-04-03).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 125 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: This edition is offered at original pitch for ATTB or transposed up a fourth for SATT Modernized French underlay
  • (Posted 2018-05-02)  CPDL #49524:       
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2018-05-02).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 64 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Ung coup dessay
Composer: Clément Janequin

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: STTT, ATTB or SATT
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1534 in Trente et une chansons musicales a quatre parties (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 9
    2nd published: 1536 in Tiers livre contenant XXI chansons à quatre esleves de plusieurs livres (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 3
    3rd published: 1540 in Le Parangon des chansons, livre 7 (Jacques Moderne), no. 10

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Ung coup dessay premier que baille gaige
Ne se partir sans avoir tripote
Cest le droict jeu puis choisir des plus sages
Tant quil y ayt au moins equalite

French.png French text

Un coup d'essai premier que bailler gage
Ne se partir sans avoir tripote;
C'est le droit jeu puis choisir des plus sages
Tant qu'il y ait au moins équalité.

English.png English translation

A preliminary skirmish to test the waters
Doesn't withraw without retaliation.
The correct tactic is to choose the wisest,
The the fight will at least be equal.

(trans. Timmi O'Danaos & Donna Ferrentes)