Allons fere nos barbes (Loyset Compère)

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  • CPDL #21690:       
Editor: Benoît Huwart (submitted 2010-05-27).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 64 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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General Information

Title: Allons fere nos barbes
Composer: Loyset Compère

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1501 in Harmonice Musices Odhecaton.

Description: Harmonice Musices Odhecaton (Ed. Petrucci - Venice, 1501)

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Alons fere nos barbes
Alons gentils galans.
La barbiere les mogle (mouille)
Sovent deux a la foiz.
Quant son mari revient
De fere sa besogne,
Il trouve ses mignons
Qui luy font viglecome (bienvenue)
Disant « Coment va,
Coment fet vostre femme
Fet elle plus cela ?
Fet elle plus cela ? »

English.png English translation

Let us go to be shaved
Come on, my handsome friends.
The barber soaps them
Often two at a go.
When her husband returns
from doing his duty,
He finds his friends
who greet him
Saying “How’s things,
How does your wife do it?
Doesn’t she do it any more?
Doesn’t she do it any more?

Translation by Michael Nick