A que ville et abominable I: canon (Busnois, Antoine)

Sheet Music

Score and Parts

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4 more: Complete Parts • Complete Parts (transposed up 6th for treble instruments) • Complete Parts (transposed down an octave for bass instruments) • Engraving files (Lilypond)

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Editor Allen Garvin
Publisher. Info. Dallas: Hawthorne Early Music, 2016.
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General Information

Work Title A que ville et abominable
Alternative. Title
Composer Busnois, Antoine
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IAB 16
Key G Dorian mode
First Publication. 1480 ca. in Biblioteca Casanatense MS 2856
Language French
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Renaissance
Piece Style Renaissance
Instrumentation 3 equal voices or instruments

Misc. Comments

No texted version is extant.


  • I-Rc MS 2856 (Casanatense 2856)
  • I-Fn MS 229 (Florence Banco rari 229)

This canon features the instruction "Trinitas in unitate", a popular canonic incipit found in no less than seven pieces, all by different composers, including Josquin (where it referred to mensuration signs, not parts as in this Busnoys).

See also A que ville et abominable II: fuga (Busnois, Antoine), a fugue of the same melody.