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    Reconfortez Le Petite Cuer de Moy - Clement Janequin (1485-1558)

    This is my adaptation of a piece of popular music from the 1500's. When I posted the video on You Tube the other day, I confess I did not know what the title meant. I recognized as French, of course, but all the French to English translations I ran it through could not provide a plausible title. Fortunately, within a short time of posting the video, not one but two scholars came forward with the answer. It is what is called "Old French" and means something like "Comfort this little heart of mine" or "Comfort my little heart". Either way it certainly qualifies for a pop tune title, sort of. When comparing my rendition of the music to online renditions of other music by Janequin, I find they sound irredeemably "Period", in a rather "jarring" way. Is it the music or is it just me? I made this in Sept/10, and I can say I still like it, so, now you can hear it too!

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    Re: Reconfortez Le Petite Cuer de Moy - Clement Janequin (1485-1558)

    Hi SD

    That's great! ... or as they apparently to say in old French "That's great!".

    I don't know the original - I can't even find it on You Tube, stangely ... but I really like the way you've kept true to ancient sounds (even the strings sound like old viols, but that may just be because of the harmonies), but made it very light a very modern way.

    Is that "Irene" I hear?

    Peter

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    Re: Reconfortez Le Petite Cuer de Moy - Clement Janequin (1485-1558)

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Jeffrey Gale View Post
    Hi SD

    That's great! ... or as they apparently to say in old French "That's great!".

    I don't know the original - I can't even find it on You Tube, stangely ... but I really like the way you've kept true to ancient sounds (even the strings sound like old viols, but that may just be because of the harmonies), but made it very light a very modern way.

    Is that "Irene" I hear?

    Peter
    Hi Peter;
    Thank you, I'm glad you liked it! Since there are scant if any references to the tune, it's tough to know how it's supposed to go, but I like it! Funny thing was, when I made the video for it last weekend, I did not know the meaning of the title, yet I chose little sparrows for the images, and they must have quite tiny wee hearts, so, in the words of the Bard, "All's well that ends well!".
    Yes, that is "she", for many months, Irina has been a frequent player in my projects.


    This from her Facebook page, in case you were ever wondering..............

    Thanks for listening!!

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    Re: Reconfortez Le Petite Cuer de Moy - Clement Janequin (1485-1558)

    Hi sd cisco,

    Another surprising adaptation of a long-ago piece!

    I like the blend of instruments.

    At first there is the interesting contrast of sound between
    the rather harsh harpsichord and the softness of the voice.
    And then the strings come in with their warmth
    and it all becomes nicely blended and rich.

    Thanks for an enjoyable listen!


    ~Yudit~

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    Re: Reconfortez Le Petite Cuer de Moy - Clement Janequin (1485-1558)

    Quote Originally Posted by sunbird View Post
    Hi sd cisco,

    Another surprising adaptation of a long-ago piece!

    I like the blend of instruments.

    At first there is the interesting contrast of sound between
    the rather harsh harpsichord and the softness of the voice.
    And then the strings come in with their warmth
    and it all becomes nicely blended and rich.

    Thanks for an enjoyable listen!


    ~Yudit~
    Hello Yudit!
    Thank you for listening and taking the time to comment, I am glad you found the music enjoyable! I have had a soft spot for this one from the beginning. It is the pace and the civility of the music; a refined sophistication which still impresses 6 Centuries later!

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    Re: Reconfortez Le Petite Cuer de Moy - Clement Janequin (1485-1558)

    That you can't find it, might be because of the spelling error (heart is coeur in French, cueur in old French, apparently; to me it looks more like modern Spanish than modern French). I found this:

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    Réconfortez le petit cueur de moy Comfort my little heart,
    
Qui, nuict et jour,               which, night and day,
    Sans nul sejour,                  only
    
Ne m'y fait que languir.
          makes me languish.
    De bref mourray,
                  Soon I will die,
    Si de vous n'ay,                  if you don't 
comfort me,
    
La belle, réconfort.              my beauty.
    
Plus n'y songez
                   Think no more of it;
    Navré m'avez                      you have hurt me
    
D'un dart qui m'a féru            with an arrow which wounded
    
Dont je suis mort.                me 
to death.
    
    This music has an otherwordly beauty, as much of the music of that era, now rarely heard. Very nice rendition, sd, and very worthy of attentive listening and contemplation.
    Last edited by FLWrd; 02-27-2011 at 01:30 PM. Reason: formatting
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    Re: Reconfortez Le Petite Cuer de Moy - Clement Janequin (1485-1558)

    Quote Originally Posted by FLWrd View Post
    That you can't find it, might be because of the spelling error (heart is coeur in French, cueur in old French, apparently; to me it looks more like modern Spanish than modern French). I found this:

    Code:
    
    Réconfortez le petit cueur de moy Comfort my little heart,
    
Qui, nuict et jour,               which, night and day,
    Sans nul sejour,                  only
    
Ne m'y fait que languir.
          makes me languish.
    De bref mourray,
                  Soon I will die,
    Si de vous n'ay,                  if you don't 
comfort me,
    
La belle, réconfort.              my beauty.
    
Plus n'y songez
                   Think no more of it;
    Navré m'avez                      you have hurt me
    
D'un dart qui m'a féru            with an arrow which wounded
    
Dont je suis mort.                me 
to death.
    
    This music has an otherwordly beauty, as much of the music of that era, now rarely heard. Very nice rendition, sd, and very worthy of attentive listening and contemplation.
    Thank you Theo and thanks for the excellent research above! Great to read the(?) lyric, it was likely a commonly expressed sentiment in those times. I think Janequin was a prolific composer and I wonder if this piece was the norm or an exception. Doubtless, some of his work has been lost, reasonable to think the best of it endured.

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    Re: Reconfortez Le Petite Cuer de Moy - Clement Janequin (1485-1558)

    Quote Originally Posted by sd cisco View Post
    I think Janequin was a prolific composer and I wonder if this piece was the norm or an exception.
    I think its very much the norm ... Janequin rocks!

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    Re: Reconfortez Le Petite Cuer de Moy - Clement Janequin (1485-1558)

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Jeffrey Gale View Post
    I think its very much the norm ... Janequin rocks!
    Yup!! I get a great deal out of this music as I am sure you do as well! Lucky it made it down all the years! I wonder how much of what is created today, will last for another 5 or 6 Centuries?

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