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Mes esperis se combat

composer
3vv; Ballade 39
author of text

 
Mes esperis se combat (Ballade 39) figures the anguish of unrequited love as a battle between the poetic speaker’s spirit and Nature—a battle that causes him great distress and one that only his lady can resolve by declaring a truce. His lady, though, has a heart as hard as marble—a comparison that recalls the statue by Pygmalion evoked in ballade 28—and thus the poet is denied relief from the battle.

from notes by Anne Stone & Jacques Boogaart © 2020

Mes esperis se combat (Ballade 39) symbolise l’angoisse de l’amour sans retour comme un combat entre l’esprit de l’intervenant poétique et Nature—un combat qui l’afflige profondément et que seule sa dame peut résoudre en décrétant une trêve. Mais le cœur de sa dame est aussi dur que le marbre—comparaison qui rappelle la statue de Pygmalion évoquée dans la ballade 28—et une délivrance de cette lutte est ainsi refusée au poète.

extrait des notes rédigées par Anne Stone & Jacques Boogaart © 2020
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Mes esperis se combat (Ballade 39) stellt das Leid unerwiderter Liebe dar als Widerstreit zwischen der Haltung des lyrischen Ich und der Natur—ein Widerstreit, der ihm tiefes Leid bringt und den nur seine Dame auflösen kann, in dem sie ihn für unentschieden erklärt. Sie jedoch hat ein Herz, hart wie Marmor—ein Vergleich, der an die Statue des Pygmalion aus Ballade 28 erinnert—sodass der Dichter nie von seinem Kampf erlöst werden wird.

aus dem Begleittext von Anne Stone & Jacques Boogaart © 2020
Deutsch: Friedrich Sprondel

Recordings

Machaut: The lion of nobility
Studio Master: CDA68318Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 7 on CDA68318 [6'57]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68318 track 7

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-20-31807
Duration
6'57
Recording date
28 March 2019
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: The lion of nobility (CDA68318)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: January 2021
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