Containing evocations of trumpet calls, the jaunty tune of the song L'homme armé ("The Armed Man") became the most popular borrowed melody for the composition of masses in the Renaissance. Its text translates: "Fear the armed man; word has gone out that everyone should arm himself with a coat of chainmail." Josquin Desprez's sophisticated version is one of the most famous. In this 2000 recording (a CHOC award winner), Ensemble Obsidienne also performs his song "Je Ris Et Si Ay Larme" and motet Illibata Dei Virgo Nutrix as well as Antoine Busnois's Fortuna Desperata, Alexander Agricola's Amor Che Sospirar, Jheronimus Vinders's O Mors Inevitabilis, and the anonymous songs "Amor Jesu Divino" and "Le Petit Rien."
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