Bergerette savoyenne (Josquin des Prez)

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  • (Posted 2019-03-19)  CPDL #53633:     
Editor: Andrew Fysh (submitted 2019-03-19).   Score information: A4, 4 pages   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Transposed one tone lower (for SAAB, SATB or STTB). Original note values retained. Transcribed and edited from the two sources listed below. Since neither source provides complete text, the text of this edition is taken from a 15th-century source of the French song on which this chanson is based (Bibliothèque nationale de France MS fr.12744).

General Information

Title: Bergerette savoyenne (variations: Bergerete, savoysienne, savoyene)
Composer: Josquin des Prez

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SAAB, SATB or STTB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript c.1500–1503 in Segovia, Archivo Capitular de la Catedral, MS s.s. ('Cancionero de Segovia') [?Toledo]
First published: 1501 in Harmonice Musices Odhecaton, Volume 1, no. 10
Description: This chanson is a setting of a popular 15th-century French song. It formed the basis of a parody mass by Antoine Brumel.

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

1  Bergerette savoyenne,
Qui gardez moutons aux praz:
Dy moy si vieulx estre myenne:
Je te donray uns soulas,
Et ung petit chapperon;
Dy moy se tu m aymeras,
Ou par la merande ou non.

2  Je suis la proche voisine
De monsieur le cura,
Et pour chose qu on me die,
Mon vouloir ne changera,
Pour François ne Bourgoignon.
Par le cor Dé, si fera,
Ou par la merande ou non.

English.png English translation

HE:  Shepherdess of Savoy,
who guards the sheep in the fields,
tell me if you will be mine:
I will give you some entertainment,
and a little bonnet;
Tell me if you will love me,
whether it is deserved or not.

SHE:  I am the nearest neighbour
of the curate,
and, whatever I am told,
my desires will not change
for Frenchman nor Burgundian.
By the power of God, it will be so,
whether it is deserved or not.