The Mid-16th-Century Chanson

Today I have five chanson for you, all published between 1520-1540. Although I chose them a bit randomly, they happen to be perfect examples for a discussion of the characteristics of the chanson during this period!

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French, Feminine Rhymes, and Two 16th-Century Choir Pieces

Have I mentioned that French is the worst?

There are a couple of reasons that dealing with French in my business is such a pain:

  1. Everything, just absolutely everything*, written before 1600 is in French.
  2. English is not French.

*my estimation

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