Few details of his life are known until he is documented in Paris in , where he was studying at the University of Paris ; in that year he also published a book of chansons. Goudimel moved to Metz in , converting to Protestantism , and is known to have been associated with the Huguenot cause there; however he left Metz due to the increasing hostility of the city authorities to Protestants during the Wars of Religion. It is supposed Goudimel was murdered in Lyon in August , during the St. His last letter to his close friend and poet Melissus showing Goudimel sick with fever on August 23, , allowed M.
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I purchased a copy. It seems to be well done. There is an interesting, brief introduction by George van Popta, General Editor as well as some brief notes on the Genevan tunes. As van Popta notes, Calvin was largely unsuccessful in his first attempt to reform Genevan worship, after which he was exiled happily to Strasbourg, where he served with Martin Bucer. There he worked on creating a French Psalter. The first edition in , had 19 psalms 6 from Calvin and 13 from Clement Marot and two canticles, namely, the Song of Simeon and the Ten Commandments.
There were no uninspired songs in the songbook. The Psalter continued to grow through the s, after his return to Geneva. By By it included 49 texts from Marot and from Beza. It is often claimed that John Calvin authored a hymn which appears in only those two Strasbourg Psalters published when he was not the pastor of that church and not in any of the Genevan Psalters, or any Psalter that he superintended. Rather, it has been proposed that Jean Garnier is the most likely author of this hymn. The implication created by the attribution of that hymn to Calvin is that he wrote it and that it was used in Geneva.
Neither of these is is likely true. The canticles in the Genevan Psalter are The 1. Ten Commandments 2. The Song of Mary 3. The Song of Zechariah 4. Calvin hoped that each Psalm would have its own tune but that goal was not met. There are tunes in the psalter, several of which were borrowed from Gregorian Chants. Because Calvin intended the songs to be primarily for the congregation rather than a choir, the intervals between the notes are small and each tune is within an octave.
The editor provides some online resources for further reading:.
Psalms (Goudimel, Claude)
He was a university student in Paris in when his first chansons were published. He set to music some of the poetry of Pierre de Ronsard. Although his early works—including five masses, three Magnificats , and several motets —reflect the Roman Catholic rite, at some point he converted to Calvinism and moved to Metz a Huguenot city , where he lived for perhaps a decade. While in Metz he made several volumes of psalm settings, and—with Loys Bourgeois —he became an instrumental figure in the creation of the Genevan Psalter. Goudimel is believed to have left Metz by He worked as a music editor for the remainder of his life. He was killed in Lyon during the Massacre of St.
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