Amour parfaict (Anonymous)
- Editor: Adrian Wall (submitted 2020-10-13). Score information: A4, 8 pages, 1.33 MB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Transposed down a tone. Note values halved. Text (with modernised spelling) underlaid for all voices.
Title: Amour parfaict
Number of voices: 5vv Voicing: SATBB
Genre: Secular, Chanson, Canon
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1556 in Practica musica Hermanni Finckii, Liber 3, no. 26
Description: The third book of Hermann Finck's Practica Musica is dedicated to canons. This is the last of the 26 examples contained in it. As with the rest of the collection, this piece is unattributed; however, unlike the other items, a text is printed (in the discantus part only). The piece has the inscription Le desir croist quant et quant lesperance / Desiderium crescit cum spe ("Desire increases with hope"). Finck provides four voices and explains that a fifth voice can be generated from the discantus, an eleventh below, but on reaching the text "Le désir croît…", the note lengths are to be doubled.
Original text and translations
As printed by Finck:
Perfect love gave me daring