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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.
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).