En tour la fête Saint Martin (Decapella)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2023-12-11).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 245 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. This edition is offered at original pitch (high chiavette) for SATB or transposed down a fourth for ATTB. Modernized French text.

General Information

Title: En tour la fête Saint Martin
Composer: Decapella
Lyricist: Anon
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SATB or ATTB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1549 in Livre 34: 20 chansons a 4 (Pierre Attaingnant), no. 4

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

En tour la feste sainct Martin
Ienin fist tuer son porceau
& le fouailler au fin matin
De paille ardante a groz morceau
Sa femme apres dans son grand ceau
Les trippes mist elle un loing
Disant pour le friant morceau
Iauray landouille et vous le groing.

French.png French text

En tour la fête Saint Martin,
Jenin fit tuer son porceau;
Et le fouailler, au fin matin,
De paille ardente à gros morceaux.
Sa femme après dans son grand seau
Les tripes mit. Elle va loin,
Disant: "Pour le friand morceau
J'aurai l'andouille et vous le groin".

English.png English translation

So when St Martin's Day comes round,
Jenin has his pig slaughtered;
And, at the morning's end, sears it
With smouldering straw, in large gobbetts.
After this, his wife puts the tripe
In her large pail. Then she walks away,
Saying: "For the choice bit
I'll have the chitterlings and you'll have the snout".

(trans Timmi O'Danaos & Donna Ferrentes)