Sirinu | Bold, Fearless and Rash

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Bold, Fearless and Rash

by Sirinu

Music and chansons for voice, lute, harp and wind, from the courts of Burgundy 1363-1477
Genre: Classical: Early Music
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1. Vit Encore Ce Faux Dangier (Jacques Vide)
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2. Myn Hertis Lust (John Bedyngham)
2:05 $0.99
3. Le Branles De Montard (Traditional)
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4. La Harpe De Melodie (Jacob De Senleches)
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5. Tout Par Compass (Baude Cordier)
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6. Belle, Bonne (Baude Cordier)
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7. Processional (Robert Morton)
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8. Je Veuil Chanter (Guillaume Dufay)
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9. Sans Faire (Pierre Fontaine)
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10. La Danse De Cleves (Traditional)
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11. Meskin Es Hu & Je Suy Du Tout Asseme (Traditional)
2:55 $0.99
12. Ou Lit De Pleurs (Anon.)
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13. Comment Peult Avoir Joye (Traditional)
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14. Il Sera Pour Vous (Robert Morton)
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15. Basse Danse 'sans Faire' (Traditional)
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16. De Tous Biens Plaine (Based on Ghizeghem)
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17. Ma Seul Amout Et Ma Belle Maitresse (Jean De Villeroy)
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18. Pastourelle (Pierre Fontaine)
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19. Se Je Vous Ay Bien Loyaulment Amee (Nicolaus Grenon)
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20. Le Mois De Mai (Traditional)
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21. Qui Le Sien Veult (Anon.)
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Album Notes
The four fabulously wealthy dukes of Burgundy (1363-1477) presided over a court that was legendary in its own time culmination of the traditions of medieval society and art. With a self-conscious romanticism, successive dukes- Philip the Bold, John the Fearless, Philip the Good, Charles the Rash- preserved the highest ideals of courtly love and revelled in chivalric order, bound up in arcane ceremonies and mystical number symbolism. This found its musical expression in the Burgundian chanson, whose crystalline beauty represents one of the highest achievements of medieval art. The development of the chanson took place within the century 1370-1470 when the duchy of Burgundy was growing from a minor fiefdom of the crown of France to one of the most powerful states in Europe. The surviving chansons make up a sophisticated repertory that would have been the normal preserve of the educated and musically literate members of the ducal chapel. However, the court records tell us of innumerable minstrels, who likewise performed songs and also provided music for dancing and outdoor festivities. These minstrels were generally held to be of a lower social status, but were highly skilled and greatly valued- the Burgundian treasury even gave them paid leave to attend the yearly fairs and schools of minstrelsy in the Low Countries and elsewhere.
This recording includes diverse examples of the chanson form, from its origins in minstrelsy and the cerebral complexities of the ‘mannered style’, to the limpid purity of its final phases. Alongside the chansons are lighter dances and songs which the minstrels would have performed both at court and on their travels. Their music seems to have existed independently of any written notation and for this reason it has not come down to us directly- here it has been recreated from the fragments of old melodies elaborated in written art music, taken together with information from pictorial and archival references, as well as the experience of European folk and improvisatory traditions. It is also possible to discern elements of popular song and dance music in some of the earlier written chansons, which may preserve the closest approximation to the music of the minstrels that has survived.



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