Music for Charles V by Canis and Payen

Tota Vita
Music for Charles V by Canis and Payen
Egidius Kwartet
Etcetera 1239



  1. Thomas Crecquillon: Carole magnus erat
  2. Nicolas Payen: Carole cur defles
  3. Cornelius Canis: Tota Vita
  4. Nicolas Payen: Quia dabit capiti
  5. Cornelius Canis: Clama ne cesses
  6. Nicolas Payen: Resurrectio Christi
  7. Chansons - Cornelius Canis

  8. Pour parvenir bon pied bon oeil
  9. En desirant que je vous voye
  10. Mariez moy mon pére
  11. Par vous seulle la mort m'affault
  12. Ma bouche chante
  13. Mal et souscy
  14. Belle donne moy ung regard
  15. Ta bonne grace
  16. Cueur prisonnier
  17. C'est a gran tort
  18. Chansons - Nicolas Payen

  19. Il y a de lognon de lorgnette
  20. Hau de par dieu ma mye
  21. Fringottes jeunes fillettes
  22. Je ne puis tenir
  23. Avecque vous mon amour finera

  25. Josquin des Prez: Cançion del Emperador

Performers: Egidius Kwartet [Peter de Groot (alto); Otto Bouwknegt (tenor) ; Hans Wijers (baritone); Donald Bentvelsen (bass); Maria Luz Alvarez (soprano, tracks 1,2,4,6,8,10,11,13,16,18,21,22); Robert Getchell (tenor, track 11)]

Playing time: 69:30

Recording date: September 1999

Cornelius Canis (1506-1561) and Nicolas Payen (1512-1559) were important composers at the court of Charles V. Both left a relatively modest output and have generally been ignored by scholars until recently, in spite of the fact that the quality of their works compares well with that of their contemporaries. Canis was born in Ghent, Payen in French-speaking Soignes, though both spent many years abroad. In 1542, Canis replaced Crecquillon as chapelmaster to Charles V. Canis resigned his post in 1556 upon Phillip's succession to Charles V's Spanish possessions, at which time Payen replaced him as chapelmaster, a post Payen retained until his death. Many of the chansons (especially Payen's Hau de par dieu, ma mye) seem exceptionally risqué, even for the Renaissance. Payen's Carole, cur defles is a moving lament on the death of Charles' wife, while his Quis dabit capiti, a setting (like Isaac's) of Poliziano's lament on the death of Lorenzo di Medici, may have been written as an indirect way of paying homage to Isaac.

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