Chanter je veux (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2017-01-03)  CPDL #42501:         
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2017-01-03).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 86 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch (chiavi naturali) and note-values. French spelling modernised.

General Information

Title: Chanter je veux
Composer: Orlando di Lasso

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1564 in Premier livre des chansons a 4 et 5 parties, no. 19
    2nd published: 1569 in Musica de' virtuosi della florida capella, no. 28
    3rd published: 1570 in Mellange d'Orlande de Lassus, no. 82
    4th published: 1576 in Le thresor de musique (sacred contrafact), Edition 1, no. 63
    5th published: 1578 in Vingtieme livre de chansons (Le Roy & Ballard), Edition 2, no. 18
    6th published: 1582 in Le thresor de musique (sacred contrafact), Edition 2, no. 86
    7th published: 1592 in La fleur des chansons, no. 53
    8th published: 1597 in Cinquante pseaumes de David (ed. Simon Goulart) – psalm contrafact, no. 30

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Original text
Chanter je veux la gente damoiselle
À qui le ciel tous ses trésors décèle
Tous ses plus beaux et plus riches présents
Elle a l'esprit gentil,
Elle a le sens rassis,
Elle a bref tout ce que nature
Joint la beauté mit onc en créature
Ne cessons donc de chanter Catherine
En exaltant la musique divine.

Sacred contrafact (from Le thresor de musique d'Orlande de Lassus)
Chanter je veux l'heur de l'ame fidele,
A qui le ciel tous ses thresors decele,
Tous ses plus beaux et plus riches presens.
Elle a l'esprit de Dieu, elle a le sens rassis.
Elle a le bien seul desirable,
Aiant son Christ, son epous amiable
Ne cessons donce de chanter de saint zele,
L'heureux plaisir de toute ame fidele.

English.png English translation

I want to sing praise of the noble dame
In whom the heavens all their treasures frame
With all their gifts most beautiful and rich.
She has a fine spirit,
She has a noble wit,
She has in short all that nature
E’er combined as beauty in a creature.
So let’s ne’er cease to sing sweet Catherine’s praise
Exalting to the skies in divine lays.

Translation by Thomas Daughton