Helas quel jour (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2014-08-14)  CPDL #32701: 
Original key:        
Transposed down a fourth:     (alto part is in tenor clef)
Editor: Pothárn Imre (submitted 2014-08-14).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 64 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original pitch (high chiavette), note-values halved. French spelling modernised.

General Information

Title: Helas quel jour
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
Lyricist:

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1560 in Tiers livre des chansons a 4-6 parties, no. 7
    2nd published: 1561 in Douziesme livre de chansons à quatre et cinq parties, no. 13
    3rd published: 1570 in Mellange d'Orlande de Lassus, no. 4
    4th published: 1576 in Le thresor de musique (sacred contrafact), Edition 1, no. 34
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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Original text
Hélas, quel jour serai-je à mon vouloir,
ayant ami du tout à mon souhait,
jamais si tôt que mon coeur le désire,
mais je ne l'ose dire.

Sacred contrafact (from Le thresor de musique d'Orlande de Lassus)
Helas quel jour aurai-je un bon vouloir,
Qui de mon Dieu l'amour me face avoir?
Jamais si tost que mon coeur le desire:
Sans cesse j'en souspire.