Saturday, October 1, 2011

Au joly bois by Claudin de Sermisy - The Stairwell Carollers, Ottawa

Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform the madrigal, "Au joly bois"  by Claudin de Sermisy (1490 -- 1562) a French composer of the Renaissance.

Audio: Tom Barnes.  Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 18th, 2011.
Stills: Holly Massie
Videographer: Zoe Hart.
Editing: Pierre Massie

*French.png French text

Au joly boys, en l`ombre d`ung soucy,
M`y fault aller pour passer ma tristesse,
Remply de dueil d`ung souvenir transy,
Menger m`y fault maintes poires d`angoisse,
En ung jardin remply de noires flours
De mes deux yeulx feray larmes et plours.
Fy de lyesse et hardiesse! Regret m`oppresse,
Puis que j`ay perdu mes amours.
Las! trop j`endure, Le temps m`y dure, Je vous asseure:
Soulas, vous n`avez plus de cours!

*English.png English translation

I have to go to the pretty wood
and spend my grief in the shadow of worry
Filled with mourning for a penetrating memory
I must eat such bitter fruit
In a garden filled with black flowers
I shall weep and sob from my two eyes
So much for jollity and bold adventures, I am oppressed with regret
Because I have lost my love
Alas I endure too much, time hangs heavy on me, I tell you for sure:
Joy and solace are no more.


  1. This is absolutely lovely! I adore choral music and this is wonderful to see and hear! Thank you!

  2. Thanks for the comment -- glad we could brighten your day :)


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Holly :)

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