Charles Tessier, Oeuvres completes/Complete Works: Chansons, Airs, Villanelles

Dobbins, Frank. 2006. Charles Tessier, Oeuvres completes/Complete Works: Chansons, Airs, Villanelles. Turnhout: Brepols. ISBN 9782503515946 [Book]


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The 93 Airs, Chansons and Villanelles, which represent the complete surviving works of Charles Tessier, are presented here for the first time in a critical but practical modern edition. The French, Italian, Spanish and "Turkish" songs for four or five voices, first published in Paris and London between 1595 and 1604, precede a unique autograph manuscript collection of airs for solo voice and lute, with an appendix of related music, including Parisian street-cries which the composer sent to an English gentleman in 1597. Some of the songs were admired and imitated by John Dowland, who met Tessier in Paris in 1580 and, like him, published his first book of Songes at London in 1597. The edition is the result of 30 years of study and meditation following the discovery of Tessier's autograph manuscript and letters in 1976 by the musicologist Frank Dobbins, Reader in musicology at London University, later Professor at Tours (Univ. F. Rabelais and Centre d'Etudes Superieures de la Renaissance) and currently Associate Professor at University of Montreal, author of Music in Renaissance Lyons (Oxford, 1991), many articles on Renaissance music, and editor of The Oxford Book of French Chansons (Oxford, 1987) and of music by G. Boni (1987), Janequin (1991), Monteverdi (2002) and Jacotin (2005).

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