Musique Mesurée

A late 16th century type of music to French poetic texts that sought to preserve the classical poetical metres. The strong and weak syllables of the texts are given respectively long and short rhythmic values (one long = two short), resulting in bars of irregular, fluid rhythm. The influence of musique mesurée was felt in the Air du Cour, in the Ballet de Cour, and later in the French recitative.

IVI: The French Chanson   |  Thomas Campion