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Tres bonne et belle

Virelai 23; 3vv
author of text

Tres bonne et belle (Virelai 23) is Machaut’s only three-voice work in this genre. Its polyphony is, however, much simpler than that of the ballades and rondeaus. Stricken by his lady’s beauty the lover pledges to serve her, even in spite of her absence and the pesterings of those eternal enemies of lovers, gossipers.

from notes by Jacques Boogaart © 2017

Tres bonne et belle (Virelai 23) est la seule et unique œuvre à trois voix de Machaut dans ce genre. Toutefois, sa polyphonie est beaucoup plus simple que celle des ballades et rondeaux. Frappé par la beauté de sa dame, l’amoureux promet de la servir même en dépit de son absence et des harcèlements de ces éternels ennemis des amoureux que sont les médisants.

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

Tres bonne et belle (Virelai 23) ist das einzige dreistimmige Werk Machauts in diesem Genre. Die Mehrstimmigkeit hat jedoch eine deutlich einfachere Konstruktion als die der Balladen und Rondeaus. Von der Schönheit seiner Dame ergriffen, gelobt der Liebhaber, ihr selbst in ihrer Abwesenheit und trotz der Klatschmäuler—jene Feinde aller Liebespaare—zu dienen.

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


Machaut: Sovereign Beauty
Studio Master: CDA68134Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
The Study of Love


Track 1 on CDA68134 [6'01]
Track 11 on CDH55295 [2'22]

Track-specific metadata for CDH55295 track 11

Recording date
1 May 1992
Recording venue
Boxgrove Priory, Chichester, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. The Study of Love (CDA66619)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: October 1992
    Deletion date: June 2004
    Superseded by CDH55295
  2. The Study of Love (CDH55295)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: September 2008
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