Proverbes de Salomon, mis en cantiques, & rime francoise, selon la vérité hébraïque: nouvellement composées. (LeRoy & Ballard, Paris, 1558) [RISM J455](tb); Gindron/Rivery, Lausanne, 1556 (s).
When Janequin mentions “unusual chords” (“accords non-usité”) in his dedication to Queen Catherine de Medici of the psalms of 1557 (printed in 1559), new chromatic efftects were in the air, and it is tempting to think that perhaps the Proverbs, written at about the same time, also show signs of this new trend. Unfortunately, the chromaticism in question would have been likely to show up most often in the inner voices, and it is just one of these (the altus) which we lack for the Proverbs. Nevertheless, the tenor voice does exist, and in the reconstructions which follow, serves as a kind of benchmark for the suggested harmonic realizations. The Proverbs are discussed in Clément Janequin: Life and Works , Chapter 42: “Sacred works printed by LeRoy & Ballard.” (See also “Proverbs (1558): notes on the transcriptions.”)