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A famous ‘frottola’ from a Renaissance genius, in an
idiomatic arrangement for recorder quartet...
Josquin Desprez (c.1450 – 1521), or Josquin des Prez/Près, or Iosquinus Pratensis, or Iodocus a Prato, or just Josquin (and probably Joey/J-
The text of ‘El Grillo’ is as follows…
…which, according to some, is in effect a very elaborate invoice, in metaphor, from the composer to an employer, or, according to others, is about Carlo Grillo, a singer friend and colleague of Josquin, and tells of his prowess, vocal and otherwise…
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Horn in F, Bassoon
Tenor and Bass Recorders
El grillo è buon cantore
Che tiene longo verso.
Dalle beve grillo canta.
Ma non fa come gli altri uccelli
Come li han cantato un poco,
Van de fatto in altro loco
Sempre el grillo sta pur saldo,
Quando la maggior el caldo
Alhor canta sol per amore.
The cricket is a good singer;
He can sing long notes.
He sings all the time.
But he isn't like the other birds.
If they've sung a little bit,
They go somewhere else;
The cricket remains where he is
When the heat is very fierce.
Then he sings only for love.