Chapter 10 Basics

Featured Pieces in the Anthology, with scores, analyses, and recordings (complete information in Anthology)

Anthology 31: “S’amours eüst point de poer/Au renouveler/Ecce,” a French double motet, attributed to Petrus de Cruce (fl. c. 1290). Original in Mo, fol. 270r-273r (see artwork in Music in the Medieval West); On the album Medieval Paris, Naxos:

Anthology 32: “Tribum/Quoniam/Merito,” an isorhythmic motet from the Roman de Fauvel, 1317-1318, attributed to Philippe de Vitry (1291-1361). Original in Paris, BN fr. 146, 41v-42r; there are several recordings on Naxos, including one by the Orlando Consort, which has its booklet as well: CDSAR49, track 4 of Philippe de Vitry and the Ars Nova:

Both the sung version and the intabulation are found on Naxos and on Spotify.

Anthology 33.1 and 33.2: “Dame de qui toute ma joie vient” (two-part ballade) and “Dame, a vous sans retollir” (monphonic virelai) from the Remède de Fortune by Guillaume de Machaut (c. 1300-1377). In “Lessons” see discussion of the art work and notation of these pieces from Paris, BN fr. 1586 (Manuscript C), the earliest collection supervised by Machaut. Recordings of the pieces are many, and they can be found on Naxos and on Spotify. On Naxos the album is Machaut: Remede de fortune, by the Ensemble Project Ars Nova, also found on Spotify. This recording of “Dame de qui toute ma joie” features the lyrical beauty of the top sung voice, with the other parts played on instruments.

Anthology 34: “Kyrie” from Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame, an isorhythmic Mass movement, composed in the third quarter of the fourteenth century. You can compare the edition with the original notation in Paris, BN 1584 (on Gallica). There are numerous recordings on Naxos and on Spotify. We suggest that of the Ensemble Gilles Binchois on the Album Guillaume de Machaut: Sacred and Secular Songs, in which the polyphonic sections are alternated with chant.

Anthology 35: “Je me merveil/J’ay pluseurs fois,” a double ballade attributed to Jacob (Jaquemin) de Senleches, fl. 1382-83. The work is recorded on the album Ce diabolic chant, track 4, by the Medieval Ensemble of London, a work on Spotify. It is not on Naxos.  Another interesting redition can be found on Spotify by on the album Guitars Subtilior.  Check it out for an example of ways that medieval music can sound anew when played on guitar.

Terms and Names from Chapter 10

ars antiqua
ars nova
ars subtilior
Roman de Fauvel

Chantilly Codex
Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377)
Jacques of Liège (c.1260-1330)
Jehan de Murs (c.1295-c.1344)
Montpellier Codex
Petrus de Cruce (fl. c.1290)
Philip IV the Fair (1268-1314)
Philippe de Vitry (1291-1361)