Artist: The Douglas Frank Chorale
Composer: François Regnard (c.1530-c.1600)
Poetry/Text: Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585)
Petite Nymfe folâtre,
Nymfette, que j'idolâtre,
Ma mignonne dout les yeux
Logent mon pis et mon mieux:
Ma doucette, ma sucrée,
Ma grace, ma Cytherée,
Tu me dois, pour m'apaiser
Mille fois le jour baiser.
Playful little nymph,
Nymphet, how I adore you,
My darling, whose eyes
Perceive my worst and my best:
My little sweet, my sugar,
My grace, my Cytherée,
You must, in order to soothe me,
Kiss me a thousand times a day.
The Flemish composer, François Regnard, was born in the northern-French city of Douai. His life, like that of his more famous brother Jacques, was spent in the service of the cathedral there.
François wrote more than 50 chansons, which were printed by one of the leading Parisian publishers, Adrien Leroy. In Petite Nymfe Folâtre, Regnard enhances Ronsard's frolicsome poem with declamatory and imitative counterpoint techniques favored by Flemish composers of the time.
S: Sara Botkin, Melissa Raymond, Cynthia Shaw
A: Grace Check, Ariane Reinhart
T: Thom Baker, Marcos Vigil
B: Steve Friedman, Gregg Lauterbach, Mark Sullivan
Performance recorded May 2000
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