Songs of the Troubadours and Trouvéres : An Anthology of Poems and Melodies

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This anthology, the first of its kind, offers a broad representative selection of lyric comositions by the poet-musicians of 12th- and 13th- century France: the groundbreaking Provençal troubadours of the south -- the originators of "courtly love" -- and their northern counterparts, the trouvères. All texts appear in authoritative new editions and English translations.

In conjunction with the Folger Shakespeare Library, a companion CD recording of 12 pieces from the anthology, ...

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Overview

This anthology, the first of its kind, offers a broad representative selection of lyric comositions by the poet-musicians of 12th- and 13th- century France: the groundbreaking Provençal troubadours of the south -- the originators of "courtly love" -- and their northern counterparts, the trouvères. All texts appear in authoritative new editions and English translations.

In conjunction with the Folger Shakespeare Library, a companion CD recording of 12 pieces from the anthology, Songs of the Troubadours and Trouvères: Music and Poetry from Medieval France, is included with this book.

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Most studies and anthologies of the genre are by literary historians, who show little interest in the music that accompanies the lyrics, but this is compiled, edited, annotated, and commented on by musicologists and as well as philologists. They present 144 songs by the Provencal troubadours and their northern French counterpart trouv<'e>res from the 12th and 13th centuries. Most are accompanied by scores and all have English translations paralleling the original French or Occitan. They range from the high style of the to women's ballad- like weaving songs and the first motets. On the accompanying CD, baritone Peter Becker and Robert Eisenstein on medieval fiddle render 12 of the songs in the versions described; it is also available separately. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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