En Douleur Et Tristesse - Score and parts composed by Adrian Willaert (1490-1562). For 6 voices/instruments; or SATTTB recorders. Miscellaneous Music, Recorder Sextets etc.. Choral or Vocal Music. Score and Parts. Published by London Pro Musica (MM.LPM0559).
This chanson is printed after Le Roy and Ballard's famous Mellange de chansons des vieux autheurs que des modernes a cinq. six. sept. et huict parties, published in Paris in 1572, a strangely retrospective collection that contains music by Josquin des Pres (d.1521), as well as many pieces by Willaert, who died in 1562, though it does include some more up-to-date pieces, notably those of Claude de Jeune. In this setting the melody appears in all the parts, shared fairly evenly. The two parts that have the least additional material are the tenor and sexta pars, but neither is a cantus firmus. The composer exploits the harmonic ambiguity created by the imitation of the melody at the fourth. Like certain chansons by Josquin des Pres, this piece has an ending which is designed to avoid a major third in the final chord. - BT.