May Fait Les Bois - Score by Claude LeJeune (1530-1600). For SATB/SATB voices. Early Music Library. Choral or Vocal Music. Score. Published by London Pro Musica (MM.EML0238-00).
Claude Le Jeune's May fait les bois comes from his Second livre des meslanges, published in Paris by Pierre Ballard in 1612. Le Jeune uses the two choirs to present an antithesis between the month of May, with all the light and gaiety it traditionally brings (Chorus I), and the miserable poet (Chorus II), who feels his own troubles only highlighted by the arrival of spring. In view of this, it is not surprising the two choirs each have their own music, rather than engaging in antiphony in the Venetian style. However, slightly more than half-way through, the two choirs begin to share musical material, and there are two tutti passages in which all eight parts blend together.