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Publication date and place: 1540 Symon Cock, Antwerp

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 001Psalm 1 by Susato
2 Als ick riep met verlanghen 004Psalm 4 Het daghet in den oosten, het lichtet over 76.88 [?!]
3 Verhoort heer myn gheclach 005Psalm 5
7 O Heer wilt my beschouwen 012Psalm xi
24 Verordeelt o heer ick bid u straffen wilt 035Psalm xxxiiii
44 Heere, lieve Heere, verhoort die stemme mijn 061Psalm lx
104 Si bestreden my dicmael 129Psalm cxxviii Was mein Gott will
106 Ghedenct o Heer David dyn knecht 132Psalm cxxxi
113 Ick heb gheroepen tot u o Heer 141Psalm cxxxx
117 Loven so wilt mijn siel den Heer 146Psalm cxxxxv
118 Loven soe wilt den Heere 148Psalm cxlvii