Clément Janequin
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398 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

52 music exx.

Series: Eastman Studies in Music

Series Vol. Number: 196

Imprint: University of Rochester Press

Clément Janequin

French Composer at the Dawn of Music Publishing

by Rolf Norsen

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Clément Janequin's spectacular entertainment chansons jump-started French music printing, spread his fame across sixteenth-century Europe, and earned him lasting success with vocal ensembles and audiences around the world.

Clément Janequin was the musical posterboy for the Valois kings of France, a best-seller for the fledgling 16th century music-printing industry and, notwithstanding his status as ordained priest, a major supplier of hymn-style harmonizations of Huegenot melodies. Ever since the sixteen century, vocal ensembles have embraced his barking dogs, chirping birds, and thundering horse hoofs, and then moved beyond the bird and battle songs to a repertory rich in lyric beauty and Rabelasian wit.

This first in-depth biography looks at Janequin's revolutionary approach to entertainment music, his pioneer status in the developing music-printing industry, and his contributions to sacred music in the turmoil that followed the Reformation (including the first known hymn-style harmonization of what became known as Old One Hundred.) It traces his early life in Bordeaux, Luçon, Auch, and Angers during the period when Pierre Attaingnant made Janequin a central name in early French music publishing, and subsequently the composer's transition to Paris, where, as the first composer to make the attempt, he put his revenues from music printing (from the firms of Nicolas Du Chemin and Le Roy & Ballard) at the core of his economic-survival strategy. Recounted with both scholarly detail and a portion Janequinian humor, the volume includes an extensive selection of musical examples.
Preface
Guidelines for the Reader
Music Examples
Secular Works
Sacred Works
Documents
Manuscript Sources
Printed Sources
Chapter 1: Beginnings
The Janequin Name
The Janequin Family in Bourges
The Janequin Family in Châtellerault
Janequin's Date of Birth
Chapter 2: Bordeaux
The City and its Institutions
Lancelot du Fau
Choirmaster in Luçon
Lancelot du Fau as Janequin's Patron
Chapter 3: Descriptive Chansons
"The Lark" ("L'Alouette"/"Or sus, or sus") (LM5a/b)
"The Song of the Birds" ("Le Chant des oiseaux"/"Reveillez-vous") (LM2)
"The Battle of Marignan" ("La Guerre"/"Escoutez") (LM3)
"The Hunt" ("La Chasse"/"Gentilz veneurs") (LM4)
"The Market Cries of Paris" ("Les Cris de Paris"/"Voulez ouyr") (LM14)
Chronology of the Early Descriptive Chansons
Shifts in Focus in the Early Descriptive Chansons
Chapter 4: National Attention
Archbishop Jean de Foix
The Royal Visit to Bordeaux of 1526
Pierre Attaingnant and the Chansons de maistre Clement Janequin
The Document Trail in Bordeaux
"Chantons, sonnons" and the Release of the Princes (1530)
Choirmaster in Auch (1531)
The Missa La bataille of 1532
Chapter 5: Angers
The Cathedral St. Maurice
Françoise Auvé and the Abbey of Ronceray
The Gondis, the Guises and Angevine Continuity
Levron's "Western Renaissance"
The Motets of 1533
Cathedral Choirmaster
Chanson Production 1533-1537
Chanson Production 1537-1549
The Waning of the House of Attaingnant
Periodization, Provincialism, and Productivity
Chapter 6: Chansons musicales
Categories
Parameters
Vocal Ranges
Melodic Practice
Tonality and Harmonic Practices
Durational Values and Metric Combinations
Texture
Texts and Text Treatment
Chapter 7: Du Chemin and the 28 Psalms of 1549
Changes at Court
The Breaking of Attaingnant's Monopoly
Changes in Angers
Paris: When and How?
Parisian Printer Nicolas du Chemin
Du Chemin and Janequin
The "Psalm Vogue"
The 28 Psalms of 1549
Janequin's Motives
Chapter 8: Paris 1551-1555
Claude Goudimel
Pierre de Ronsard and Les Amours of 1552
The Mass "L'Aveuglé dieu"
The Second Book of Spiritual Chansons and Cantiques
The Invention Series
Chapter 9: Prebends, Patrons, and the Commerce of Music Printing
Prebends
Court Support and Royal Titles
Janequin and the Music Printing Industry 1528-1547
Janequin and the Music Printing Industry 1547-1558
Chapter 10: Paris 1556-1558
Fezandat
Le Roy and Ballard
The Premier livre of 1556
The Spiritual Chansons
The Late Chansons
The Proverbs
The Verger de musique
The 82 Psalms
Last Will and Testament
Epilogue
Appendix A: Documents
Appendix B: Manuscript Sources
Appendix C: Printed Sources
Appendix D: Revised Secular Catalogue
Appendix E: Catalogue of Sacred Vocal Works by Janequin
Bibliography
Index

ROLF NORSEN is a choral conductor, stage director, and dramatist based in Norway and Italy. He is the author of several plays (in Norwegian) two opera librettos and I Manoscritti Musicali del Duomo del Castelfranco Veneto.

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Title Details

398 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

52 music exx.

Series: Eastman Studies in Music

Series Vol. Number: 196

Imprint: University of Rochester Press