Four Musicians

Four Musicians
Guy Marchant, Musicians
       Le premier mort

Vous par divine sentence
Qui vives en estatz divers
Tous: danseres ceste danse
Unefoys. et bons: et pervers.
Et si seront menges de vers
Voz corps. helas: regardez nous
Mors. pourris. puans. descouvers
Comme sommes: telx seres vous.

       Le second mort

Dictez nous par quelles raisons
Vous ne penses point a morir
Quant la mort va en voz maisons
Huy lung: demain lautre querir.
Sans quon vous puisse secourir
Cest mal vivre: sans y penser
Et troup grant danger de perir.
Force est quil faille ainsi danser.

       Le tier mort

Entendez ce: que ie vous dis.
Ieunes et vieulx: petis et grans
De iour en iour selon les dis
Des sages: vous alez mourans
Car vos iours vont diminuans
Pour quoy: tous serez trespasses
Ceulx qui vivez: devant cent ans:
Las: cent ans seront tost passes.

       Le quart mort

Devant quil soient cent ans passes
Tous les vivans comme tu dis
De ce monde seront passes
En enfer: ou en paradis
Mon compagnon: mais ie te dis.
Peu de gent sont qui aient cure
Des trespasses: ne de noz dis.
Le fait deulx: git en adventure.

Four musicians
Musicians

The four musicians were not included in the original dance on the mural. They are among the additions that Guy Marchant made to his books the year following his first publication, namely in 1486. The funny thing is that musical instruments are not used anywhere in the original Danse Macabre, even the minstrel's lute is lying on the ground.

Another five years later, in 1491, images were produced of the female dancers, and the Women's Danse Macabre was initially released separately. For this book a new version of the four musicians were produced (picture on the right). These cadavers have long spiky hair, like the cadavers have in the rest of the women's dance.

Variants
Musicians, 1766
Garnier, Troyes 1766
Musicians, 1766
Garnier, Troyes 1766

The dances of death were long reprinted in Troyes, and during the years it became necessary to produce new copies of the woodcuts.

Oddly enough, the publisher in 1766 had two different versions of these copies, and what is even stranger is that he choose to feature the coarsest copy (pictured left) on the frontpage, and the more detailed one inside the book.

Døde-Dands
Døde-Dands, Music
An even later edition
Hugo Pratt, Corto Maltese

The musical cadavers may have inspired the Danish book Døde-Dands from 1762 (picture to the left).


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