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Longuement me sui tenus 'Le lay de Bon Esperance'
1vv; Lai 13/18
author of text
late 1360s; from Le Voir Dit, VD47

'Machaut: Songs from Le Voir Dit' (CDA67727)
Machaut: Songs from Le Voir Dit
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Longuement me sui tenus 'Le lay de Bon Esperance'
Longuement me sui tenus (Lai 13/18) illustrates the form of the lai, which Machaut supposedly perfected. The lai, although archaic, continued to be revered in the fourteenth century as the most challenging and virtuosic of the lyric forms; Machaut was apparently amongst the last to set the form to music. These large-scale works were not just a challenge for the poet-composer, but also for the (usually) solitary singer who performs them: stamina, control, and endurance is required to deliver the twenty-four unaccompanied stanzas, as well as expressive powers to engage the audience throughout this technical tour de force.

from notes by Yolanda Plumley © 2013

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67727 track 5
Recording date
5 July 2012
Recording venue
Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Loughton, Essex, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Machaut: Songs from Le Voir Dit (CDA67727)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: October 2013
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