Tourdion (Quand je bois du vin clairet) for alto saxophone and harp


This Tourdion ( a lively dance in 3 time) in Dorian mode is based on a madrigal by Claude Gervaise and gives the effect of swaying together with glasses in hand while the room spins round …
It is part of my series called “An ABC of the Renaissance”

The words of the original madrigal are:

Quand je bois du vin clairet, ami, tout tourne
aussi desormais je bois Anjou ou Arbois
Chantons et buvons, a ce flacon faisons la guerre
Chantons et buvons mes amis
buvons donc

When I drink light red wine
Everything goes round and round
So from now on I’ll drink Anjou and Arbois
Let’s sing and drink and wage war on this bottle
Come on friends, let’s drink