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Track(s) taken from CDH55293

Comment qu'a moy lonteinne

Virelai 5; 1v; based on the song Belle Doette
author of text

Gothic Voices, Christopher Page (conductor), Margaret Philpot (alto)
Recording details: May 1991
Church of the Hospital of St Cross, Winchester, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: October 1991
Total duration: 2 minutes 53 seconds

Cover artwork: Vita de S Francesco: La Morte del Cavaliere de Celano (detail) by Giotto (c1270-1337)
Basilica di Francesco, Assisi

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'The beauty of this once-so-remote music is all immaculately tuned and articulated: what else do you expect from Gothic Voices? … I hope those who didn't collect the set first time are doing so now' (Early Music Review)
Comment qu’a moy lonteinne (Virelai 5) is based on a thirteenth-century woman’s song, Belle Doette, in which a lady laments the absence of her lover, who has just died in a joust, and promises to remain faithful to his memory. Machaut recasts the song for a man’s voice, as he swears faith to an absent beloved; the melody is clearly inspired by the festoons of the older song.

from notes by Jacques Boogaart © 2017

Comment qu’a moy lonteinne (Virelai 5) repose sur une chanson de femme du XIIIe siècle, Belle Doette, dans laquelle une dame déplore l’absence de son amoureux qui vient de mourir dans une joute et promet de rester fidèle à sa mémoire. Machaut remanie la chanson pour une voix d’homme, qui jure fidélité à la bien-aimée absente; la mélodie s’inspire clairement des festons de l’ancienne chanson.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jacques Boogaart © 2017
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Comment qu’a moy lonteinne (Virelai 5) basiert auf einem Lied des 13. Jahrhunderts, Belle Doette, in dem eine Frau die Abwesenheit ihres Liebhabers beklagt, der gerade in einem Tournier umgekommen ist; sie verspricht, seinem Andenken treu zu bleiben. Machaut arbeitet das Lied für Männerstimme um, wobei dann einer abwesenden Geliebten die Treue versprochen wird; die Melodie ist offensichtlich von den Verzierungen des älteren Lieds inspiriert.

aus dem Begleittext von Jacques Boogaart © 2017
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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