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Can vei la lauzeta mover
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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

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Details for CDH55273 track 12
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-90-42312
Duration
3'43
Recording date
23 March 1990
Recording venue
Church of the Hospital of St Cross, Winchester, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (CDA66423)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: September 1990
    Deletion date: January 2006
    Superseded by CDH55273
  2. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (CDH55273)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: February 2007
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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