Tourdion

A "Tourdion" was a medieval dance similar to a Gavotte the name "Tourdion" is derived from the French verb meaning "to twist" this particular medieval dance was very popular but fell out of favour until it was revived as a drinking song  that was popularised by Pierre Attaignant,  1  Attaignant knew a good song when he heard it – it hasn’t left the repertoire since he published it. I’ve written about it before when I featured the performance by the Petits Chanteurs de Sainte-Croix de Neuilly but for sheer zest and joie de vivre this performance by the Ensemble Amarcord is hard to beat – doesn’t it make you just want to drop everything and charge down to the pub? Enjoy :-)

mfi

Tourdion

Ensemble Amarchord

Quand je bois du vin clairet,
Amis, tout tourne,
Aussi désormais
je bois Anjou ou Arbois.
Chantons et buvons,
à ce flacon faisons la guerre,
chantons et buvons,
mes amis, buvons donc.

Le bon vin nous a rendus gais, chantons,
oublions nos peines, chantons.
En mangeant d’un gras jambon,
à ce flacon faisons la guerre.

Buvons bien, là buvons donc
à ce flacon faisons la guerre.
En mangeant d’un gras jambon
à ce flacon faisons la guerre.

Buvons bien, mes amis, trinquons,
buvons, vidons nos verres.
En mangeant d’un gras jambon
à ce flacon faisons la guerre

When I drink a Claret Wine,
friends, my head turns,
but that is true now also
when I drink Anjou or Arbois.
Let’s sing and drink,
let’s make war on this bottle
let’s sing and drink,
my friends, drink up then.

Good wine makes us gay let’s sing,
forget our troubles, let’s sing.
While eating a fat ham,
let’s make war on this bottle.

Let’s drink our fill, let’s drink
and make war on this bottle.
While eating a fat ham,
let’s make war on this bottle.

Drink up, my friends, let’s toast
and drink, empty our glasses.
While eating a fat ham,
let’s make war on this bottle.

Performers:
Ensemble Amarcord. 
  1. Attaignant published it in:  Premier livre contenãt trois Gaillardes, trois Pavanes… imprimé en Musique a quatre parties, en ung livre seul, par Pierre Attaingnant, Imprimeurs de musique du Roy, demourant a Paris en la Rue de la Harpe, pres l’eglise Sanct Cosme shortly before his death in 1552 – mfi.

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