Epitaphe de Christofle Plantin (Pevernage, André)

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Work Title Epitaphe de Christofle Plantin
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Composer Pevernage, André
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IAP 5
Key D minor
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 2 parts
  1. Pleurez Muses, pleurez
  2. Qui n’a rien espargné d’argent
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1589
First Publication. 1589 in 28 Chansons, Livre 1
Librettist Composer
Language French
Dedication Christophe Plantin
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Renaissance
Piece Style Renaissance
Instrumentation 5 voices

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Composed by Pevernage in honour of the printer Christoffel Plantijn, who died at Antwerp, 1 July 1589.

Pleurez Muses, pleurez, attristez vos chansons,
Regrettans le trespas d’un de vos nourrissons,
L’industrieux Plantin, le premier de nostre aage.
Qui n’a rien espargné d’argent, ny peine aussi,
Pour rendre vostre los par le monde esclarcy,
Las! Muses, il est mort, imprimant cest ouvrage.

[Weep, Muses, weep, sadden your songs,
Grieve the passing of one of your children,
The industrious Plantin, the premier of our age.
Who never spared money nor pains
To render your praise through the enlightened world,
Alas! Muses, he has died, printing this work.]

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