Je ne suis pas si sot (Jacques Arcadelt)

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  • (Posted 2015-05-01)   CPDL #35259:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2015-05-01).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 74 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • CPDL #22438:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: Joachim Kelecom (submitted 2010-10-11).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 85 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Je ne suis pas si sot
Composer: Jacques Arcadelt

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularChanson

Language: French
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1551 in Livre 9: XXVII chansons nouvelles (Nicolas Du Chemin), no. 5

Description: The 1551 first print is for SATB, the 1569 reprint adds a secundus tenor, making it SATTB. The source for this fifth part is unknown.

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Original text and translations

French.png French text

Je ne suis pas si sot berger,
Si vous tenais à mon coucher
Que ne vous faise dépouiller robe et chemise
Et puis mon flageolet auriez à votre guise.

English.png English translation

A simpleton shepherd far from it
Dearest, if I were to hold you
And lay you down by my side
I’ll strip you bare
Of your skirt and of your shirt
My flute I will play to your heart’s content.