Beauté parfaite - L'Automne du Moyen Age

Beauté parfaite
L'Automne du Moyen Age - Chansons des XIVe et XVe siècles
Alla Francesca
Opus 111 30-173


  1. Anthonello de Caserta: Beauté parfaite (ballade; recorder, harp, lute, vihuela d'arco)
  2. Anon: Pour vous servir (rondeau; 3 voices)
  3. Jean Vaillant: Par maintes fois (virelai; 2 recorders, harp)
  4. Solage: Fumeux fume (ballade; 3 voices)
  5. Raulin de Vaux: Savés pour quoy suy sy gay (rondeau; 3 voices, lute)
  6. Johannes Legrant: Entre vous, nouviaux mariés (ballade; 3 voices, recorder, vihuela d'arco, lute)
  7. Mahieu Paullet: J'aim. Qui? Vous. Moy? (ballade; 3 voices)
  8. Anon - Codex Faenza: Or sus, vous dormes trop (diminution; recorder, harp, citole)
  9. Anon - Cyprus: Tousjours servir je veuil (rondeau; recorder, vielle, harp, lute)
  10. Gautier Libert: Se je me plains (rondeau; 2 voices, cittern, harp, lute)
  11. Pierre Fontaine: Pastourelle en un vergier (ballade; 2 voices, recorder, vielle, lute)
  12. Anon: Tant qu'en mon cuer / Sur l'erbette (rondeau; voice, pipe & tabor, vielle, harp, lute)
  13. Anon: Or sus mon coeur (virelai; 2 bagpipes)
  14. Anon: Cheulz qui volent retourner (ballade; 3 voices)
  15. Anon: La belle et la gente rose (virelai; 3 recorders)
  16. Anon: Quant la doulce jouvencelle (rondeau; voice, vihuela d'arco, harp, citole)
  17. Binchois: Adieu, jusques je vous revoye (rondeau; 2 voices, vielle)
  18. Nicolas Grenon: La plus belle (rondeau; 3 recorders)
  19. Dufay: J'ai mis mon cuer (strophic chanson; 3 voices)
  20. Binchois: Ay, douloureux (rondeau; 3 voices, 2 vielles)
  21. Anon. instrumental (recorder, harp)
  22. Dufay: Je vous pri / Ma tres douce amie / Tant que mon argent dura (cantio triplex; 4 voices)

Performers: Emmanuel Bonnardot (voice, vielle, vihuela d'arco, cittern), Raphaël Boulay (voice), Pierre Hamon (recorders, bagpipes, pipe & tabor), Marco Horvat (voice, lute, citole, vielle), Florence Jacquemart (recorders, bagpipes), Dominique Jullien (recorders), Brigitte Lesne (voice, harp)

Playing time: 68'

Recording date: October 1996 (Ribeauvillé)

This program highlights a division of Renaissance from Medieval different from that nominally used by the FAQ. Here the medieval era is allowed to continue through the middle of the 15th century, incorporating cadences on thirds, and awaiting the Humanist concerns toward text-setting for the full Renaissance style. While such divisions are really only points of trivia, it can be interesting to remark on what the motivations are for the various era markers. The present choice still receives a good deal of support, although composers like Dufay are now often claimed as Renaissance figures.

Therefore, this program begins with a few famous tracks from the major French Ars Subtilior repertory of c.1390, moving on to some transcriptions of Ars Nova pieces into more modern style, and then the majority of the program in the fully mature court style of the 1420s and beyond.

The "next volume" of music in these idioms by the present ensemble:

Armes, Amours
Alla Francesca / Alta
Opus 111 30-221

Similar programs by the present ensemble, concentrating more on the earlier end of this repertory:

D'amours loial servant
Chansons d'amour françaises et italiennes des XIVe et XVe siècles
Gérard Lesne / Alla Francesca
Virgin Veritas 45357
Le Roman de la Rose
Alla Francesca
Opus 111 30-303

For the later repertory, although precise sources are unfortunately not given, the primary manuscript used is the Venetian Codex 213, presently held in the Bodleian Library Oxford.

A few other recordings which traverse a similar range of styles:

Ars Nova and Ars Subtilior in the Low Countries and Europe
Capilla Flamenca - Dirk Snellings
Eufoda 1360
De Tristesse, de Deuil, de Desplaysance
Etcetera "O-live Music" 1911
Triplicité: 1350-1450
Zorgina Vocalensemble
Raum Klang 9905
Pour l'amour
Liebeslieder des 14. und 15. Jahrhunderts
Instrumentalkreis Helga Weber
Christophorus Entrée 0042

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Todd M. McComb