Enríquez de Valderrábano

Soneto 19: Gentil galans


Silva de sirenas (1547), fol. 93v (2)


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Source title Segu[n]do grado. Soneto. Gentil galans.
Title in contents   Soneto Gentil galans en el tercero grado
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Category unclassified

Genre soneto

Fantasia type

Mode 5 or 6

Voices 4

Length (compases) 40


Tuning D?

Courses 6

Final VI/3

Highest I/8

Lowest VI/3

Difficulty medium

Tempo medium

Song Text


Vocal notation


This piece (Soneto XXV in pujol1965) appears to be an intabulation of a polyphonic setting of the chanson text “Gentil galans”. To date, there have been several conjectures about the possible identity of the model as numerous polyphonic settings survive. Sixteen are listed in the “Catalogue de la Chanson à la Renaissance” ( -consulted 13 Feb 2024). Pujol (pujol1965, 2, p.9) claims that the tenor “follows a melody that might correspond to the unknown text of this song” (La parte de tenor sigue una melodía a la cual podría corresponder el ignorado texto de esta canción.) Pujol also points to the version of “Gentil galans” in Hans Newsidler, “Das ander Buch” (Brown 1544-2, no 17), “untexted, whose content differs in that it is in three rather than four voices and in counterpoint rather than hompophonic, [with] an undeniable similarity to that of Enríquez.” Gil gives an anonymous setting in the “Egenollf Songbook” (Frankfurt, 1535) as the source without explanation, probably Gassenhawerlin und Reutterliedlin zu Franckenfurt am Meyn. Bei Christian Egenolf 1535.)