Trouvères

TROUVERES MUSIC

Gautier d’Epinal,
Jehan de Cysoing,
Colin Muset,
Anonymous

Ensemble:
1 – 2 – 3 singers
lutes,
recorders,
fiddles
organetto
percussion

Recordings:
-“Gautier d’Épinal. Remembrance.”
2008 Challenge Classics
- “Touz esforciez” Trouvères en Lorraine.
2004 Pierre Vérany

Reviews: see Press-book
Awards: see Discs
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Extracts from the booklet:Dictionaries and encyclopaedias often mention Gautier d’Épinal in articles dealing with the music in Lotharingia. Several writers refer to an obscure figure to whom are attributed some 15 to 30 chansons.

Contrary to the conventions of courtly literature of his time, the poetry of Gautier gives us considerable insight into his inner world.

His poetry, like his music, is permeated by the nostalgia of a modern man who knows that the Golden Age never existed and never will.
All his writings possess a grave tone: even the joy and triumph of love have a character of lamentation on human limitations.

His melodic imagination boldly transcends the framework of established structures, allowing the free flow of profusely ornamented melodies.

 

to read: Robert Lug, University of Frankfurt, “Der Chansonnier de Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Das alteste volkssprachlige Liederbuch Europas (2008).