Estans assis aux rives aquatiques (Abel)

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  • (Posted 2012-01-13)  CPDL #25004:       
Editor: Dick Wursten (submitted 2011-11-26).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 205 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the original partbook in the British Library, also with original texting.

General Information

Title: Estans assis aux rives aquatiques
Composer: Abel
Lyricist: Clément Marot

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1540 in Le Parangon des chansons, livre 6 (Moderne), no. 1
Description: First polyphonic setting of a Psalm versification by Clément Marot. Apparently Abel (of whom nothing is known except this composition) supplied the printer with a hard to read original. This explains some oddities in the text. To name only the two most conspicuous phenomena: in Moderne's edition the 'harps' are hanging on "sauges vers" iso "saules verts"; and the musical indication ‘Triollet’ is placed below the first notes of the second part. To correct the text, I used a text edition of Marot's Psalms, which is almost identical to this one, the Antwerp-edition of 1541 (De Gois), of which a copy appeared in Lyon in 1542 (Etienne Dolet) and which also circulated in manuscript form. "Mais desormais" (bar75-76) can also be considered an error. All other known editions read: "Or toutes foys", which gives better meaning. In some lines this version differs intrinsically from the official version, published by Marot in 1541 (Paris, Roffet).

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 137.