Courtly Lyric in Medieval France

This program is a direct result of director William Hudson being awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

LIBER will showcase the poetic and musical works of Thibaut de Champagne and Guillaume de Machaut, two of the most prolific trouvères of the 13th and 14th centuries, respectively. Both were masters of every poetic genre in the secular, courtly tradition, and were paragons of the most important literary theme and tradition of the time, unrequited love. Thibaut de Champagne has the largest surviving body of poetry and music, more than any other trouvère. Guillaume de Machaut was an equally prolific poet and composer and his output numerous sacred works as well. Machaut represents the culmination of the trouvère tradition.

Sample pieces (subject to change)

Guillaume de Machaut
Dame, de qui toute ma joie vient
Qui es promesse/Ha! Fortune/Et non est qui adjuvet
Foy porter
J’aim miex languir
Felix virgo, mater Christi /Inviolata genitrix / Ad te suspiramus
Trop plus est belle que biauté / Biauté parée de valour / Je ne sui mie certeins
Martyrum gemma latria / Diligenter inquiramus / A Christo honoratus

Thibaut de Champagne
Paine d’amors et li maus que j’en trai
Une chançon encor vueil
De bone amour et de loial amie