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Henri IV - An unfinished reign

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Contre mon gré

François Regnard

Source : ‘Chansons sur des poèmes de Ronsard’; ensemble Clément Janequin; dir. Dominique Visse; Harmonia mundi ‘Musique d’abord’ HMA 1951491 (1994, 2001).


(text by Pierre de Ronsard, Les Amours, 1553)

François Regnard was the exact contemporary of Claude Le Jeune and, like him, was born in the Spanish Netherlands. He studied at the university in Douai, his native city, and served as maître de chapelle at the cathedral in Tournai until around 1574, at which point he entered the service of the archduke Matthias of Austria. Regnard composed a number of 4-, 5- and 6-part motets, which were published along with works by his three brothers (Novæ cantiones sacræ…, Douai, J. Bogard, 1590). He also published a collection of songs for four and five voices, based on poems "by P. de Ronsard & other poets" (Paris, A. Le Roy & R. Ballard, 1579), of which he often used only snippets. This is the case with the five-part song Contre mon gré, for which Regnard used only the two quatrains of a sonnet of the same name by Ronsard.

Transcription (in French)

Contre mon gré, l’attrait de tes beaux yeux
Dompte mon cœur, mais quand je te veux dire
Quelle est ma mort, tu ne t’en fais que rire,
Et de mon mal tu as le cœur joyeux.

Puisqu’en t’aimant je ne puis avoir mieux,
Souffre du moins que pour toi je soupire.
Assez et trop ton bel œil me martyre
Sans te moquer de mon mal soucieux.

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