Publication date and place: Symon Cock, Antwerp, 1540
Composer: Jacobus Clemens non Papa
Souterliedekens (literally 'Psalter-songs') is the title of a book with Dutch psalms, published in 1540 in Antwerp and which remained very popular throughout the century. The metrical rhyming psalms were probably arranged by a Utrecht nobleman, Willem van Zuylen van Nijevelt (d. 1543). For the melodies he used popular folksongs from the Low Countries (though some have German or French origin). This publication has great value, because the publisher (Symon Cock) not only added the phrase sung to the tune of… but he also provided the actual music (melody) with the texts. Nowadays many of the folksongs can be reconstructed only bacause of the survival of the Souterliedekens.
Composers like Jacobus Clemens non Papa, Gerardus Mes and Cornelis Boscoop made polyphonic settings based on the melody of the monophonic 'Souterliedekens'. The melody often functions as a cantus firmus.
The Antwerp printer Tielman Susato dedicated 4 volumes of his music-books (Musyck Boexkens IV-VII) to Clemens Souterliedekens (volumes IV, V, VI and VII). In 1561 Susato published four more books of Souterliedekens (V-VIII) (Musyck Boexkens VIII-XI). These books, which are only partly preserved, contains four-part settings of the psalms by Gerardus Mes. The otherwise unknown Mes was, according to the title page of his four-part settings, a pupil of Clemens non Papa.
Souterliedekens on CPDL
|No.||incipit||Psalm (vulgata)||Tune name||Meter||comments|
|1||Waerom so rasen die heydensche minschen||Psalm 1||by Susato|
|2||Als ick riep met verlanghen||Psalm 4||Het daghet in den oosten, het lichtet over||76.88 [?!]|
|3||Verhoort heer myn gheclach||Psalm 5|
|7||O Heer wilt my beschouwen||Psalm xi|
|24||Verordeelt o heer ick bid u straffen wilt||Psalm xxxiiii|
|44||Heere, lieve Heere, verhoort die stemme mijn||Psalm lx|
|104||Si bestreden my dicmael||Psalm cxxviii||Was mein Gott will|
|106||Ghedenct o Heer David dyn knecht||Psalm cxxxi|
|113||Ick heb gheroepen tot u o Heer||Psalm cxxxx|
|117||Loven so wilt mijn siel den Heer||Psalm cxxxxv|
|118||Loven soe wilt den Heere||Psalm cxlvii|