Muddle-headed Kay (mhw) wrote,
Muddle-headed Kay

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Help needed: Middle French pronunciation.

Does anyone have, or know where I could find, a guide to pronouncing Northern Middle French of about 1500? I want to make some HA renderings of Josquin's music (particularly La déploration ("Nymphes des bois, déesses des fontaines...") and I really don't know enough to be able to do a good job of it.

A helpful person on renaissancemuse has pointed me at Singing Early Music by McGee, Rigg and Klausner, and it does indeed look useful, but it'll be a while before I can get my hands on a copy, so Web-based or other grabbable information would be particularly handy.

Nymphes des bois, déesses des fontaines,
Chantres expers de toutes nations,
Changez voz voix fort clères et haultaines
En cris tranchantz et lamentations,
Car d'Atropos les molestations
Vostre Okeghem par sa rigueuer attrappe,
Le vray trésoir de musique et chief d'oeuvre,
Qui de trépas désormais plus n'échappe,
Dont grant doumaige est que la terre coeuvre.

Accoutrez vous d'abitz de deuil:
Josquin, Brumel, Pierchon, Compère,
Et plorez grosses larmes d'oeil:
Perdu avez vostre bon père.
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