Dessus le marché d'Arras (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2019-06-19)   CPDL #54569:       
Editor: Benjamin Keating (submitted 2019-06-19).   Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 91 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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Title: Dessus le marché d'Arras
Composer: Orlando di Lasso
Lyricist: Orlando di Lasso

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATTB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1584

Description: Orlande de Lassus, born in the Franco-Flemish city of Mons in the early 1530s, achieved international fame as maestro di cappella at the Bavarian court, which he served from 1556 until his death thirty-eight years later. Despite his long tenure in Munich, Lassus, as the American musicologist James Haar neatly puts it, “never entirely let off being a Frenchman”. He wrote around 150 chansons, mostly published in the Netherlands and Paris and widely reprinted elsewhere. Dessus le marché d’Arras, for six voices, was published in Paris in 1584 and appears to be based on the tune of a popular song. Its rapid-fire patter, shifts from quadruple to triple metre and use of alternating combinations of voices collectively illustrate the bustle of Arras marketplace, where a ‘Spaniard’ tells a young girl that she could ‘make good money there’.

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Original text and translations

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Dessus le marché d'Arras
Mireli, mirela bon bas
J'ai trouvé un espagnart,
Sentin, senta sur la bon bas
Mireli, mirela bon bille,
Mireli, mirela bon bas.

Il m'a dit: fille écouta
De l'argent on vous donnera
Sentin, senta sur la bon bas
Mireli, mirela bon bille,
Mireli, mirela, bon bas.