Je me complains (Josquin des Prez)

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  • (Posted 2013-11-02)  CPDL #30481:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2013-11-02).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 105 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Je me complains
Composer: Josquin des Prez

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

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1545 in Septiesme livre contenant vingt-quatre chansons a cinq et six parties (Tielman Susato), no. 12
    2nd published: 1550 in Livre 36: 30 chansons tres musicales (Pierre Attaingant), no. 13
    3rd published: 1572 in Mellange de chansons (Le Roy & Ballard), no. 50

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Original text
Ie me complains de mon amy
qui me souloit venir veoir la fresche matinee
or est il prime' et ses midi
et si nay nouvelle de luy
s'aproche la vespree
la tricoton la belle tricotee

Modern French
Je me plains de mon ami
qui avait coûtume de venir me voir la fraîche matinée,
or il est prime et c'est midi,
et si n'ai nouvelle de lui,
s'approche la soirée,
la tricoton, la tricotée.

(tricotée: le commerce amoureux)

English.png English translation

I shall complain about my friend
who usually came to see me a cock's crow.
But now it is prime, and soon it will be noon,
and without any news from him,
evening will be upon us.
Time to find another!

(la tricotée: the amorous trade)