Toutes les nuits
This famous song by Janequin is a great representation of the 16th century French chanson. There were more elegiac poems at that time in literature and in songs. The abstract images and symbols from the previous century are less used than oxymorons. There is a big contrast between day and night and the reversed world of the poet in love. The melody has the characteristics of Parisian song. The rhythmic introduction is sung by four voices. The second hemistich of the first verse is composed of an imitation motive highlighted by the balance of voices. The central part is sung by three voices that enhance the word painting of the night. The final part is soft and evanescent.
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