Je te veulx desavouer oeil 3v · Anonymous
*Florence 176 ff. 77v-79 »Je te veulx desadvoyer« 3v PDF
*Florence 2794 ff. 47v-48 »Je te veulx desavouer oeil« 3v PDFParis 15123 ff. 175v-176 »Je te veulx desavoye oeil« 3v Facsimile
Text: Bergerette; incipits only in Florence 176; full text in Florence 2794; Paris 15123 misses the tierce.
After Florence 2793:
Je te veulx desavouer oeil,
Or avise bien que tu fais;
Tu me tues et le desfais,
Se tu es prins par Bel Acueil
que sans mon congie t’abandonnes;
tu m’emblez mon cueur et le donnes
a ton plaisir et a ton vueil.
I wish that you withdrew the look,
Know for sure what you do;
You kill me and destroy it,
Even when you are received by Warm Welcome
I wish that you withdrew the look,
1) Paris 15123 line 4, “aton plysir nuul ou mon veul”
2) Paris 15123, line 7, “de mon voloir mon cueur asservir”
3) Paris 15123, lines 9-10, “… tel fais / nullent hault bien deservir”
Many differences of spelling in the sources.
Evaluation of the sources:
In the oldest source, Florence 176, the song is entered by the main scribe without any errors in the music. Of the text he only copied the incipits of the two sections (in the 2nd only in the tenor). The contemporary French MS, Florence 2794, exhibits a few writing errors in the music (see the edition), but has the complete poem. The slightly later Florentine chansonnier, Paris 15123 (the MS Pixérécourt), has a somewhat corrupted version of the French poem, which misses the tierce.
The music shows that this song very well could be copied into Florence 15123 from the same exemplar as was used for Florence 176. The differences are few and all of the sort of editorial changes that scribes make when copying (in Florence 15123 all voices miss indication of the ouvert and clos endings in the couplets; T, b. 23.2-3 dotted rhythm, b. 24.1 notated flat before e’, bb. 39.2-40.1 no ligature, b. 42 brevis; C, b. 3 dot placed after f (error), b. 24.1 f-d (dotted rhythm); b. 36 no ligature). All three sources have a key signature of two flats in the superius combined with a G2-clef (Florence 2794 starts in C1-clef, but changes in the 3rd staff to G2 with two flats).
All three sources transmit the music in nearly identical versions. Florence 176 combined with the text in Florence 2794 makes a completely satisfying version. However, the small differences in ligatures in these sources give Florence 2794 a slight preference owing to an easier reading of the text distribution in the lower parts (see e.g. bb. 28-32).
Comments on text and music:
This bergerette in artful rime équivoque is about the dangers overwhelming a heart, which receives an inviting glance from a demanding lady. It is composed for three voices in high tessitura (underscored by the flat before f’’ in the key signature of the superius) placed roughly a fifth apart, but with the contratenor crossing above the tenor several times, especially at cadences. Varied setting with a clear declamation of the words alternating with melismatic passages; snippets of octave canon between tenor and superius (bb. 18 ff and bb. 44-47); the second section are rhythmically differentiated from the first, but there is an unmistakable thematic relation between the sections – compare bb. 1-4 and bb. 27-34.
This song is a good candidate for an ascription to the composer and poet Gilles Mureau. In addition to its general stylistic compatibility with his chansons and its use of artful poetic devices, it is placed in a series of songs in Florence 176 in which a later hand has identified two songs as being the works of Mureau (nos. 48-49; this is no. 51). Compare also the upper voice’s setting of the second line (bb. 7-13) with Mureau’s »Pensez y se le povez faire« bb. 25-32.
See further my Introduction to The Complete Works of Gilles Mureau.
PWCH July 2011