This page is for the soundfile which accompanies the book Bele buche e bele parleure. The soundfile is an mp3 of 84 mb and it lasts 35 minutes.
The book and the soundfile include twelve examples from between 1100 and 1600. There are extracts from an epic and a play, while the rest are poems which were set to music in their own time. They were chosen because their musical settings are all readily available in modern editions.
Each poem or extract is accompanied in the book by a modern English version, and by explanatory notes on the content, language, metre, and music.
The soundfile includes all twelve examples spoken with the original pronunciation, and also six of them sung in musical settings of their period.
The performers in the soundfile are the reader Derek Coltman, and the singers Richard Apley and Anthony Bremner countertenors, Brian Burrows and Charles Corp tenors, and Anthony Ransome baritone. The instrumentalists are June Baines tenor viol, Michael Laird cornett, Roger Brenner alto sackbut and Peter Harvey bass sackbut.
The twelve examples in the book and in the soundfile are as follows. The words of all of them are in the book Bele Buche e Bele Parleure.
1) 00: 02 La Chanson de Roland. The opening lines; the death of Roland; parts of Charlemagne’s lament on the death of Roland. Norman, early 12th century.
Carles li reis, nostre emperere magnes,
Set anz tuz pleins ad estét en Espaigne . . .
2) 5:35 Be m’an perdut lai enves Ventadorn
A song with words and music by the troubadour Bernard de Ventadorn. Provençal, about 1180.
Spoken, and then 9:11 parts sung.
3) 12:08 Part of a tavern scene from the miracle play Le Jeu de Saint Nicolas by Jean Bodel. Picard, about 1200.
Or bevons plus, si parlons mains (Let’s drink more and talk less)
4) 13:21 On parole de batre et de vanner
An anonymous motet about having a good time in Paris. Francien, about 1260.
5) 14:38 Dieus soit en cheste maison
A Christmas song with words and music by Adam de la Hale. Francien/Picard, about 1280.
Spoken and then 15:42 sung.
6) 16:50 Amours, et ma dame aussi
A rondeau with words and music by Adam de la Hale. Francien/Picard, about 1280.
7) 17:50 Plus dure qu’un dyamant
A virelai with words and music by Guillaume de Machaut. About 1350.
Spoken and then 20:38 the first section sung.
8) 23:00 Je ne suis plus telx que soloye
An anonymous rondeau which was set to music by Dufay. About 1430.
9) 24:12 Avez point veu la Perronelle
A strophic song whose words and music are both anonymous. About 1490.
Spoken and then 25:12 sung.
10) 27:42 Nous sommes de l’ordre de Saint Babouin
A strophic song whose words are anonymous and which was set to music by Compère. About 1500.
Spoken and then 30:12 the first stanza sung.
11) 32:03 La nuyt froyde et sombre
Two stanzas of an ode by Du Bellay, which were set to music by Lassus. 1549. Spoken and then 32:52 sung.
La nuyt froyde et sombre
Couvrant d’obscure ombre
La terre et les cieux,
Aussi doulx que miel
Fait couler du ciel
Le someil aux yeux.
12) 35:19 Amour et Mars sont presque d’une sorte
A sonnet by Ronsard. 1560.