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by Josquin (c.1450-1521) /Francesco Spinacino (fl. 1507)

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Comment peult avoir joye,
Qui Fortune contient?
L’oysiau qui pert sa proye
De jeusne lui souvient :
Au boys sur la verdure
N’a point tout son desir :
De chanter il n’a cure
Qui vit en desplaisir.

How can he be joyful,
who is constrained by fortune?
The bird which loses its prey
thinks of fasting:
in the green woods
it has not its desire.
He cares not to sing
who lives in disappointment.

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Mignarda Danby, New York

Mignarda specializes in thoughtful programming illuminating the vibrant mingling of renaissance music & poetry. Noted for awakening modern audiences to an appreciation for historical music, their work encompasses concertizing, teaching & recording, with ten critically-acclaimed CDs, a series of 12 music editions, scholarly articles, reviews and the internationally-popular blog, Unquiet Thoughts. ... more

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