Manuscrits de Tours

Manuscrits de Tours
Chants de fête du XIIIe siècle
Diabolus in Musica - Antoine Guerber
Studio SM 2672

Contents:

  1. Rondellus: Circa Canit (voice, 5 voices)
  2. Antiphon: O Martine, O Pie (4 voices)
  3. Conductus: Veni sancte spiritus (2 voices)
  4. Conductus: Virtus moritur (2 voices)
  5. Responsory: Hic est martinus (2 voices)
  6. Rondellus: Ignis in rubo (voice, 3 voices)
  7. Rondellus: Oh, laudes debitas (voice, 2 voices, percussion)
  8. Responsory: O quam admirabilis vir (2 voices)
  9. Rondellus: Nicholaus inclitus (6 voices, percussion)
  10. Organum duplum: Alleluia, hic Martinus (2 voices)
  11. Rondellus: Beata nobis gaudia (2 voices)
  12. Rondellus: Salve virgo virginum (4 voices, percussion)
  13. Antiphon: Ave presul gloriose (2 voices)
  14. Prosa: Gaude syon (6 voices)
  15. Conductus: Ave stella matutina (voice)
  16. Responsory: Agmina sacra (voice, 3 voices)
  17. Conductus: Honorem virginis (2 voices)
  18. Rondellus: Processit in stipite (voice, 5 voices)
  19. Rondellus: Deus pater filium (voice, 3 voices)
  20. Conductus: Dominatrix omnium (2 voices)
  21. Rondellus: Mittendus predicitur (2 voices)
  22. Motet: O presul / O virtutis / Sacerdotum (3 voices)
  23. Rondellus: Mira christ clemencia (6 voices, percussion)
  24. Hymn: Martine presul optime (6 voices)

Performers: Aïno Lund (mezzo-soprano), Andrès Rojas (countertenor), Raphaël Boulay (tenor), Antoine Guerber (tenor), Jean-Paul Rigaud (baritone), Emmanuel Vistorky (bass baritone), Brice Duisit (percussion)

Playing time: 66'

Recording date: September 1994

The Manuscript of Tours (nº 927) was copied in c.1201 from an original dating apparently from 1070-1080. The present program is taken from the second section, which consists of 31 rondelli and 4 conducti (the first section is a liturgical drama for Easter). This is one of the major early sources for polyphonic paraliturgical music. The remainder of the program is taken from other manuscripts of the same era, often with texts on Martin of Tours.

The rondellus was a clerical dance, rather unrecognizable to us in that form, but regular in its phrasing and fairly simple. This is the origin of the round.

Another recording featuring a similar program:

Carmina Helvetica
Conductus and rondelli from Swiss monasteries and libraries
Ensemble Laborynthus
Raumklang 3102

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Todd M. McComb