En venant de Lyon (Jean Mouton)

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  • (Posted 2022-03-11)  CPDL #68335:       
Editor: Thomas Daughton (submitted 2022-03-11).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 66 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: En venant de Lyon
Composer: Jean Mouton
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1520 in Motetti novi et chanzoni franciose a quatro sopra doi (Antico), no. 1
    2nd published: 1528 in Chansons et Motetz en Canon à quatre parties (Attaingnant), no. 39
    3rd published: 1545 in Bicinia gallica, latina et germanica 2 (Georg Rhau), no. 117
Description: A four-voice chanson in the form of a stacked canon.

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

En venant de Lyon,
Trouvai en un buisson Robin et Marion.
Il lui levait son pélisson,
Mais je ne sais qu’ils font.
Robin a dit à Marion:
Voici bien gardé mouton!

English.png English translation

Returning from Lyon,
Beneath a bush I spied Robin and Marion.
I saw him lifting her chiffon,
But don’t know what was going on.
Then Robin said to Marion
Look what prize I’ve come upon!

Translation by Thomas Daughton