Miguel de Fuenllana

Tant que vivray [Sermisy]


Orphenica Lyra (1554), fol. 118


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Source title Strambote a quatro. F.
Title in contents   Tan que viurey
Text incipit Tant que viuray


Category intabulation

Genre chanson

Fantasia type

Mode 5

Voices 4

Length (compases) 45


Tuning G

Courses 6

Final IV/0

Highest I/5

Lowest VI/3

Difficulty easy

Tempo not specified

Song Text

Language FR

Vocal notation texted cifras rojas


Intabulation of a four-voice chanson by Claudin de Sermisy, one of the best known pieces of the age. Literal intabulation of the vocal model, but with some notable differences in a couple of phrases. It is difficult to establish whether these are variants from a slightly different original source, or if they are errors in the process of making the intabulation, perhaps on account of Fuenllana’s blindness. Perhaps he wrote the tablature version from a memorised version that had become corrupted through the process of oral transmission. The differences are discussed in Griffiths, Tañer vihuela según Juan Bermudo (griffiths2003-4) Text by Clement Marot.

Song Text

Modern edition(s)

Sermisy, Claudin de. Opera Omnia. Ed. Gaston Allaire and Isabel Cazeaux. Corpus Mensurabilis Música 52. N.p.: American Institute of Musicology, 1974.

Attaingnant, Pierre. Transcriptions of Chansons for Keyboard. Ed. Albert Seay, 1961.

Thibauld, Genevieve (comp.). Chansons au Luth et aire de cour français du XVIe. siècle. Paris: Société Française de Musicologie, 1976.

Printed source(s)

Attaingnant, Pierre. Chansons musicales a quatre parties… Paris: Attaingnant, 1535.

Attaingnant, Pierre. Chansons nouvelles en musique à quatre parties... Paris: P. Attaingnant, 1528.

Attaignant, Pierre. Tres breve et famíliere introduction pour entendre & apprendre par soy mesmes a jouer toutes chansons reduictes en la tabulature du Lutz. Paris: Attaingnant, 1529.