De tous biens (Japart, Jean)

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

Work Title De tous biens
Alternative. Title
Composer Japart, Jean
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IJJ 1
Key G Dorian mode
First Publication. 1504 in Canti C (No.60)
Language French
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Renaissance
Piece Style Renaissance
Instrumentation 4 voices (AATB)
Related Works Based on De tous biens plaine by Ghizeghem

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  • This piece offers a musical puzzle in the contra part: "Hic dantur antipodes", or "here is the antipodes". Antipodes refers to the polar opposites on a spherical globe--the clue here meaning it's read upside down. But the music is not turned upside down; rather it is mirrored around the middle line. The flat is the clue here which line it is mirrored around. The note above the middle line remains flat, which in this mode would use a C3 clef. Imagining a C3 clef, you invert the notes around it, so the opening note, notationally a G with the tenor clef, becomes a D. The second note remains a B-flat, the third a C, etc. Ligatures remain interpreted value wise as they are written, perhaps confusingly.
  • According to Grove Music, most of the contents of the Harmonice Musices Odhecaton are chansons. Though they do not necessarily have words, the words to the more popular ones would have been well known and would not necessarily have needed to be printed. Accordingly, this is tagged as a chanson for voices or instruments.