There will be a performance of the fivepart Mass by Robert Carver, as well as music by Clemens non Papa, Loyset Compere and Guillaume de Machaut
MS 1070 is not a visually impressive source, especially when compared to examples like the Machaut
Ferrell-Vogue manuscript or the Squarcialupi Codex, both of which have been published in expensive deluxe or near deluxe color facsimiles.
Chaucer's emphasis on Alcyone as the site of nakedness is a marked shift from his source texts, which include not only the version of the tale from Ovid's Metamorphoses but also contemporary French texts such as Machaut
's Le Dit de la Fontaine Amoureuse and Froissart's Paradys d'Amours.
The verb ballader (to compose ballades) is well attested in late medieval French, in the works of Machaut
and Deschamps on the Art Dictier especially, but the Middle English Dictionary includes only this reference to the verb 'to baladen' in Middle English.
These included Machaut
's celebrated Double Hoquet (from the score transcribed by Guillaume de Van in Les Monuments de l'Ars Nova, Lyre Bird Press) and the motet Marie Assumptio, an anonymous 13th century piece.
In her chapter on the manuscript F-Pn fr.1586, previously believed to have been a late source of Machaut
works, Leach addresses implications of its role as the earliest surviving collection of Machaut
's music, sometimes with the most accurate notation.
Serving the national revival, the Czech music historiographers placed great store by two facts in particular: Charles spent his youth at the French court, and the longstanding secretary of his father, John of Luxembourg, or John of Bohemia, nicknamed the "foreign king" (1296-1346), was the poet and composer Guillaume de Machaut
. At the time when the Central European peoples were stacking up their glorious pasts, this would perhaps have been a home run even greater than the "medieval" Manuscripts of Zelena Hora and of Dvur Kralove (eventually proved to be forgeries, "discovered" in the early 19th century)!
Part One focuses on courtly narratives of love, locating the intertextuality and thematic concern with textual interpretation displayed in poems such as the Kingis Quair, Henryson's Testament of Cresseid and works by Gavin Douglas and William Dunbar against the intellectual background of the dit amoureux tradition perfected by Guillaume de Machaut
and Jean Froissart.
The third song, "Blanche comm' lys" (White as the lily), sets a poem by Guillaume de Machaut
(1300-1377), the famous 14th century composer whose poetic gifts are infrequently recognized.
Focusing on Guillaume de Deguileville, Guillaume de Machaut
, and Jean Froissart (each of whom composed scenes in which they appear on trial before God), "Eschatological Subjects" contributes important new insights on the complex "trial process" of later medieval literature, in which poetic authority and fame depended on the poet's ability to defend himself before a fearful court of reader opinion.
The main strength of this chapter lies in its demonstration of the commonality--corporeality--underlying many theorists' discussion of song, envois, and pieces such as Machaut
's famous Ma fin est mon commencement and Tout par compas, whose shapes are explicitly thematized.