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The Meeting on the Turret Stairs by Frederick William Burton (1816-1900)
The National Gallery of Ireland
Track(s) taken from CDA67549
Recording details: April 2001
Angel Studios, Islington, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Catherine Bott & Stephen Henderson
Engineered by Steve Price & Mat Bartram
Release date: January 2006
Total duration: 7 minutes 15 seconds

Can vei la lauzeta mover
composer
author of text

Other recordings available for download
Paul Hillier (baritone), Stephen Stubbs (medieval lute), Lena-Liis Kiesel (portative organ)
Sinfonye, Stevie Wishart (conductor)
Leigh Nixon (tenor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Ah, courtly love—a particularly male emotion this. You worship a pale and beautiful lady of noble birth, but cannot ever hope to make her yours. She is out of your reach and usually married. And round this symbol of unattainability grew a whole genre of music and poetry in the Middle Ages. The troubadours and trouvères of France were the chief exponents of this art form, and very heart-rending it is too, this exquisite marriage of beautiful melody and hopelessness. Far be it from me to point out that putting a woman on a pedestal, declaring her virtue to be beyond price and languishing after her gives said woman absolutely no opportunity, should she fancy it, of actually stepping off her pedestal without incurring your total revulsion. See how quickly Bernart de Ventadorn despairs of the whole sex in his Can vei la lauzeta mover. But it is a beautiful and tragic song.

from notes by Catherine Bott © 2006


Other albums featuring this work
'The Courts of Love – Music from the time of Eleanor of Aquitaine' (CDH55186)
The Courts of Love – Music from the time of Eleanor of Aquitaine
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55186  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell' (CDH55273)
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
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'Troubadour Songs & Medieval Lyrics' (CDA66094)
Troubadour Songs & Medieval Lyrics

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