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Janequin, born in the town of Châtellerault to the north of Poitou, excelled in the composition of programmatic chansons, Le chant des oiseaux, Les cris de Paris and La guerre famous among them. The latter vividly recalls Francis I’s victory over the Swiss mercenary forces employed by Duke Ercole Sforza of Milan at the Battle of Marignano in 1515. Published in 1528 and later adapted by the composer for a group of five voice parts, La guerre informed a whole genre of ‘battle pieces’. Janequin sets the scene in simple fashion in the chanson’s first part, before letting rip with a thrilling depiction of the battle itself in its longer second part.

from notes by Andrew Stewart © 2008


The King's Singers - Live at the BBC Proms
SIGCD150Download only


Track 11 on SIGCD150 [7'11] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD150 track 11

Recording date
5 August 2008
Recording venue
Royal Albert Hall, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Recording engineer
Marvin Ware & Bill Whiston
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  1. The King's Singers - Live at the BBC Proms (SIGCD150)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: November 2009
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