Fulbert de Chartres

Fulbert de Chartres - Chantre de l'an mil

Ensemble Venance Fortunat - Anne-Marie Deschamps, dir.
L'Empreinte Digitale ED 13036 [CD]
L'Empreinte Digitale ED 13155 [CD]
Bayard musique S 340570 [CD]

Contents:

  1. Stirps Jesse (responsory)
    Stirps Jesse (clausule à 3)
  2. Stirps Jesse (organum)
  3. Stirps Jesse / Flos filius (motet à 3)
  4. Stirps Jesse (double organum)
  5. Stirps Jesse / Eius (motet à 4)
  6. Stirps Jesse / Flos filius (motet à 4)
  7. Chorus nove (hymn)
  8. Benedicamus Domino (chant trope)
  9. Benedicamus Domino (motet)
  10. O martyr (antiphon)
  11. Iam super astra (antiphon)
  12. Vir Dei Leobinus (antiphon)
  13. Cumque gleba (responsory)
  14. Deus, Pater piisime (hymn)
  15. Aurea personet lyra (chant)
  16. Alleluia dies sanctificatus (chant)
    Alleluia dies sanctificatus (organum)
  17. Solem justitie (responsory)
  18. Solem justitie (organum)
  19. Solem justitie / Solem (motet à 3)
  20. Solem justitie / Cernere (motet à 3)
  21. Ad nutum Domini (responsory)
    Ad nutum Domini (organum)

Performers:
Ensemble Venance Fortunat
Anne-Marie Deschamps (soprano), Dominique Thibaudat (soprano), Françoise Levy (mezzo-soprano), Catherine Ravenne (alto), Jean-Michel Caune (baritone), Eric Trémolières (tenor), Gabriel Lacascade (baritone), Philippe Desandré (bass), Antoine Sicot (bass)

Playing time: 63'

Recording site and date:
Église évangélique allemande, Paris, France [01/1989]
Rel.: 1994, 2003 (ED), 2006 (Bayard)

Compilation:
Quantum QM 6899 / Studio SM 12.16.42 [CD] Stirps Jesse – Fulbert de Chartres, chantre de l'an 1000

Fulbert de Chartres (c.960-1028) was a poet & composer, a bishop, and a widely known scholar. On this recording, his monophonic Latin works are performed along with later (XI-XIII centuries) polyphonic works based on them.

Besides the songs attributed to Saints either through some evidence or by legend, it was also common in the middle ages to write substantial dramatic allegories based on their lives, and these were often set to music. One such example:

Historia Sancti Eadmundi
De la liturgie dramatique au drame liturgique
La Reverdie
Arcana 43

Other recordings by the present ensemble with a similar combination of repertory (chant & early polyphony):

Chants de l'amour divin
Ensemble Venance Fortunat - Anne-Marie Deschamps
L'Empreinte Digitale 13133
Cluny: La Vierge
Chants de Pierre le Vénérable
Ensemble Venance Fortunat - Anne-Marie Deschamps
L'Empreinte digitale 13109
Chants mystiques des abbayes cisterciennes
Ensemble Venance Fortunat - Anne-Marie Deschamps
L'Empreinte digitale 13106
Cluny: La Transfiguration
Chants de Pierre le Vénérable
Ensemble Venance Fortunat - Anne-Marie Deschamps
L'Empreinte digitale 13091
Chants des voûtes cisterciennes
Les Anges et la Lumière
Ensemble Venance Fortunat - Anne-Marie Deschamps
L'Empreinte digitale 13073
Rituel: Sacred chants from the early Capetian era
Gregorian chants & polyphonies, IX to XII centuries
Ensemble Venance Fortunat - Anne-Marie Deschamps
L'Empreinte digitale 13068
L'eau & le Baptême
Ensemble Venance Fortunat - Anne-Marie Deschamps
L'Empreinte Digitale 13060
Le grand livre de saint Jacques de Compostelle
Intégrale des polyphonies du Codex Calixtinus
Ensemble Venance Fortunat - Anne-Marie Deschamps
L'Empreinte digitale 13023
The Miracles de St Nicolas
Ensemble Venance Fortunat - Anne-Marie Deschamps
L'Empreinte digitale 13013
Honorem Virginis
Ensemble Venance Fortunat - Anne-Marie Deschamps
Studio SM 30.12.41
Quem Quaeritis
Ensemble Venance Fortunat - Anne-Marie Deschamps
Studio SM 12.19.16
Codex Calixtinus - Extraits
Ensemble Venance Fortunat - Anne-Marie Deschamps
Solstice 45
De Profundis
Déplorations sacrées de la tradition occidentale
Ensemble Venance Fortunat - Anne-Marie Deschamps
Solstice 48
Missa de angelis
Ensemble Venance Fortunat - Anne-Marie Deschamps, dir.
Bayard Musique 38
Le Mystère de la Résurrection
Ensemble Venance Fortunat - Anne-Marie Deschamps
Cirmar 1980-1

Many of these recordings are unique programs featuring chants written by many early Church figures and other composers of the era before polyphony became artistically dominant.

Recordings by the present ensemble of dramatic cycles:

Le Jeu de Daniel
Opéra sacré médiévale
Ensemble Venance Fortunat - Anne-Marie Deschamps
L'Empreinte digitale 13052
Les Trois Marie
Jeu liturgique du manuscrit d'Origny-Sainte-Benoîte
Ensemble Venance Fortunat - Anne-Marie Deschamps
Studio SM 12 17 46

And other recordings by the present ensemble devoted to different specific repertory:

Miroir d'Éternité
Motets et conduits du XIVe siècle
Ensemble Venance Fortunat - Anne-Marie Deschamps
Cyprès 3609
Trouvères à la cour de Champagne
Ensemble Venance Fortunat - Anne-Marie Deschamps
L'Empreinte Digitale 13045
Altera Roma
Avignon: Musique au Palais des Papes XIVe siècle
Ensemble Venance Fortunat - Anne-Marie Deschamps / La Schola, Choeur de l'Université de Tours - Olivier Cullin
L'Empreinte Digitale 13123

Another recording on the Stirps Jesse theme:

L'Arbre de Jessé
Gregorian chant and medieval polyphony
Ensemble Gilles Binchois - Dominique Vellard
Glossa 32302

Finally, a program of similar music from this era:

Heinrich II - Anno Domini 1002
Gregorian Coronation Rite
Schola Bamberg - Warner Pees
Christophorus 77251

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Todd M. McComb