Jeff Ashton playing his new Maxwell Sipe guitar. Recorded at the 2014 Marylhurst Handmade Instrument Show.
Jeff plays two versions of Josquin des Prez’s Mille Regretz. He starts with his own guitar arrangement of the original four-part chanson by Josquin.
Jeff follows with the 1538 vihuela adaptation by Luis de Narváez, called Cancion del Emperador, later transcribed for guitar and made famous by Segovia.
As a reference for Jeff’s arrangement of Mille Regretz, here’s the work for four voices:
Mille regretz de vous abandonner
Et d’eslonger vostre fache amoureuse,
Jay si grand dueil et paine douloureuse,
Quon me verra brief mes jours definer.
In Modern French:
Mille regrets de vous abandonner
et d’être éloigné de votre visage amoureux.
J’ai si grand deuil et peine douloureuse
qu’on me verra vite mourir.
A thousand regrets at deserting you
and leaving behind your loving face,
I feel so much sadness and such painful distress,
that it seems to me my days will soon dwindle away.
Thanks to luthier Jeffrey Elliott for bringing this moment of simple beauty to my attention.
John Hall comes up with some neat ideas. Check out this reharmonization of Carulli’s evergreen Andantino in G:
Listen: Andantino in G, reharmonized
These files are posted here with John Hall’s permission, by the way. Thanks, John!
If you like this work, please drop by John’s blog and tell him so. There’s another reharmonized Carulli piece there — and John says he’ll do more!