Pidoux I - melodies
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The Genevan Psalter
Pidoux I - melodies
Pidoux II - documents

Addenda & corrigenda

Pierre Pidoux, Le psautier huguenot du XVIe siècle, volume 1: Les mélodies (Basle, 1962)

- also included: corrections etc. by François Lesure and Marc Honneger (marked by FS and MH), published in Revue de Musicologie, Vol. 49, No. 127 (Dec., 1963), pp. 237-244). Corrections by Howard Slenk, who wrote his dissertation on the Huguenot Psalter in the Low Countries (Ohio, 1965) are referred to as HS.


Purely bibliographical material concerning published Psalters has been gathered by J.M. Noailly and is/will be published. For publications in the area of Geneva, Neuchatel and Lausanne, J.F. Gilmont has opened a wonderful database: GLN-16:

In general: in this area completeness is illusory, dynamic online-databases seem more appropriate instruments.


The melodies reproduced by Pidoux are numbered.

  • Melodies 1-150 = Psalms of Marot/Bèze (1539-1562)

  • Melodies 200-215 = annexes to this Psalter (Cantiques etc..) (1539-1562)

  • Melodies 216-226 = Guillaume Guéroult, (+ 1 by Accace d'Albiac), Premier Livre des Pseaumes, Cantiques et Chansons spirituelles (melodies are ascribed to Guillaume de la Moeulle) 1554

  • Melodies 227-350 = Jean Poitevin, Cent Pseaumes (melodies made by Ph. Jambe de Fer), 1554 - nowadays generally referred to as the Psautier de Lyon

  • Melodies 351-383 = Accace d'Albiac, sieur de Plessis, Cantiques (melodies made by François Gindron) 1556

  • Melodies 384-402 = Maturin Cordier, Cantiques (NN) 1557

  • Melodies 403-418 = Th. de Bèze, Sainct Cantiques (NN) 1595





p. XIII - precision - the extracts from Calvin's Institution. First colum (Institutio 1536), third quote: "Neque tamen vocem aut cantum hic damnamus, quin potius valde commendamus, modo animi affectum comitentur". The commendatory interjection 'quin potius valde commendamus' is an additon of 1539.




general: Where Pidoux refers to a melody of a Psalm with the code 'Mo 46' (Mornable, 1546), this should be replaced by 'Ce 45' (Certon 1545, certified since the discovery of the partbook of Certon's Psalms; see the addition to Pidoux II - documents)


n° 2a - extra info - the melody a/2 (Certon) is also used by Simon Grolier for his guitar intavolation (1551).

n° 3a - extra info - melody used in the Dutch Psalter for the versification of the Magnificat, 'Lofzang van Maria'.

n° 8a - extra info - this melody is the same as 32a.

n° 10e - extra info - change explained in the Advertissement of GE51

n° 43a - extra info - text from AN41. There it is suggested to be sung ('sus') on the melody of Jouyssance vous donneray.

n° 86c - extra info - change explained in the Advertissement of GE51

n° 107c - extra info - change explained in the Advertissement of GE51

n° 138c - caveat - link with the melody of 'Une pastourelle gentille' (Clément Marot) can be doubted.

for a comparison of both, click here

n° 142 - extra info - text from AN41. There it is suggested to be sung ('sus') on the melody of Dueil double dueil

n° 201c [Decalogue]- extra info - melody for Marot's version ('Lève le cueur, ouvre l'oreille') is the melody of 'Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein' (also used for the hymn 'Vor deinem Thron tret' ich hiermit').

n° 203 [prière devant le repas] - 203a also in Du Chemin 1556 [HS];  203b already in GE51.

n° 204 [prière après le repas] - 204a also in Du Chemin 1556 [HS];  204b already in GE51.

n° 205 [Oraison dominicale] - GE51 texte seule, sans musique

n° 206 [Articles de la foy] - correction - "à partir de GE62 texte seule, sans musique" remplacé par: "à partir de GE51..."

n° 207 [Salutation angelique]. Probably present in GE43, but suppressed by the City Council. See Pidoux II










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