Purpose and Intent
The music of the Renaissance, being primarily known for its vocal works, is a relatively untapped resource for the modern-day flutist. This quartet arrangement serves the purpose of introducing flutists to a style and genre of music to which they would not otherwise be exposed. This quartet, which is rooted in the vocal tradition, provides a pedagogical tool for teaching chord tuning, pitch control, and phrasing to high school and college flutists. For the professional flutist, this quartet also serves as contrast to the standard flute quartet repertoire. It can be performed on its own or paired with other Renaissance flute quartets.
Claudin de Sermisy (ca. 1490-1562) was a leading composer of the French chanson. As music director of the royal chapel under King Francis I of France, Sermisy’s music was widely distributed and quite popular. Tant Que Vivray was published in a set of chansons in 1528 as part of the new printing craze. The primary melody is supported by a strong harmonic structure, making it memorable and easily accessible.
While I flourish as a youth,
I will serve Love, the powerful God,
In deeds, in words, in song, in dance.
For some time I have languished,
But now I am rejoicing
Because I have the love of a fair woman.
She is allied to me, she is my betrothed,
Her heart is mine, mine is hers.
Away with sadness, live in joy,
Because love is so good.
When I want to honour and praise her
When I want to adorn her name with poetry,
When I see her and meet with her often,
The envious can only murmur,
But our love will not be less enduring
As long as the wind blows.
For in spite of envy, all my life
I will love her and sing of her.
She is the first, she is the last
That I have loved and will love.