«La Deploration de Jehan Okenheim» (Nymphes des bois)

Josquin des Prez (ca. 1450/55–1521)

 

From «Paper, Ink, and Pen» 28.02.21

Barfüsserkirche, Basel Historical Museum

 

Monika Mauch – Soprano
Doron Schleifer – Alto
Ivo Haun – Tenor
Jacob Lawrence – Tenor
Elam Rotem – Bass
Elizabeth Rumsey – Treble viol
Brigitte Gasser – Tenor viol
Randall Cook – Tenor viol
Tabea Schwartz – Bass viol
Caroline Ritchie – Bass viol

Musical director: Elizabeth Rumsey

Live concert recording: Oren Kirschenbaum
Moderation: Grace Newcombe and Marc Lewon

Picture: Bass viol, ascribed to John Rose c. 1600. Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

Nymphes des bois, déesses des fontaines,
Chantres expers de toutes Nations,
Changez vos voix fort claires et haultaines
En cris tranchantz et lamentations.
Car dattropos les molestations,
Vostre OKEGHEM Par sa rigueur Attrappe.
Le vray tresoir de Musicque et chef–d’oeuvre,
Qui de Tropos desormais plus n’eschappe?
Dont grant doumage est que la terre le               eouvre.

 

Acoustrez vous d'abitz de deuil
JUSQUIN, BRUMEL, PIERCHON, COMPERE,
Et plorez grosses larmes d'oeil
perdu avez vostre bon pere.

 

Requiescat in pace. Amen.

 

[Cantus fìrmus:]
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine,
Et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Wood-nymphs, goddesses of the fountains,
Skilled singers of every nation,

Turn your voices, so clear and lofty,
To piercing cries and lamentation
Because Atropos, terrible satrap,
Has caught your Ockeghem in her trap,
The true treasure of music and its master,
Should he not finally escape this turn (of fate)?
It is a source of great sorrow that the earth must cover him.

 

Put on the clothes of mourning,
Josquin, Brumel, Pierre de la Rue[?], Compère,
And weep great tears from your eyes,
For you have lost your good father.

 

May they rest in peace. Amen.

 

[Cantus firmus:]
Grant them eternal rest, O Lord;
and let perpetual light shine on them.

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