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Death: Remembering Machaut

Elizabeth Eva Leach

in Guillaume de Machaut: Secretary, Poet, Musician

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449338
eISBN:
9781501704864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449338.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter looks at the ultimate fortune of all humanity—death. Machaut's works do not just enact the symbolic lyrical deaths of male courtly lovers whose personae are clearly distinct from their ... More


Life: Guillaume de Machaut’s Living

Elizabeth Eva Leach

in Guillaume de Machaut: Secretary, Poet, Musician

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449338
eISBN:
9781501704864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449338.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter reviews the surprisingly meager documentary evidence about Guillaume de Machaut's life. It attempts to satisfy two basic questions: What survives, and what does it tell us? The paper ... More


Resurrection: Dismembering Machaut

Elizabeth Eva Leach

in Guillaume de Machaut: Secretary, Poet, Musician

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449338
eISBN:
9781501704864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449338.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter sketches the historiography of Machaut's rediscovery in the modern period, with the intent of positioning his oeuvre within the frameworks of each discipline's historically contingent ... More


Machaut's Turn to Monophony

Judith A. Peraino

in Giving Voice to Love: Song and Self-Expression from the Troubadours to Guillaume de Machaut

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199757244
eISBN:
9780199918904
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199757244.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter begins with the question: Why did Guillaume de Machaut write so many monophonic virelais? Of the thirty-three virelais, twenty-five are monophonic, while only eight are polyphonic (seven ... More


Hope: Loving

Elizabeth Eva Leach

in Guillaume de Machaut: Secretary, Poet, Musician

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449338
eISBN:
9781501704864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449338.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter analyzes a related central plank in Machaut's doctrine of courtly love: Hope. One of the most compact statements of the power of Hope to be found in Machaut's works occurs in a balade ... More


Creation: Machaut Making

Elizabeth Eva Leach

in Guillaume de Machaut: Secretary, Poet, Musician

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449338
eISBN:
9781501704864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449338.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Some of the blame for the too easy mapping of fictional truth onto historical reality that derives from what we know about Machaut can be attributed to the mischievous manipulation of personal truth ... More


Fortune: Suffering

Elizabeth Eva Leach

in Guillaume de Machaut: Secretary, Poet, Musician

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449338
eISBN:
9781501704864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449338.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Hope is central to Machaut's courtly doctrine, since it enables the lover to operate at a level of self-sufficiency whatever might be happening in the world outside his own imagination. Hope is ... More


The Dynamics of Duplication: Staging Debate in Machaut's Voir Dit

Yolanda Plumley

in The Art of Grafted Song: Citation and Allusion in the Age of Machaut

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199915088
eISBN:
9780199369713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199915088.003.0011
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This explores how playful citational exchange animates Machaut's great mature work of the early 1360s, Le Livre dou Voir Dit. Here citational engagement in lyric exchanges orchestrates the burgeoning ... More


Giving Voice to Love: Song and Self-Expression from the Troubadours to Guillaume de Machaut

Judith A. Peraino

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199757244
eISBN:
9780199918904
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199757244.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This study focuses on monophonic “courtly love” songs from roughly 1100 to the 1350s. These songs present a paradox: they conceive and express the autonomous subject—the lyric “I” represented by a ... More


Machaut's Heritage: Tracing Citations in his Lyrics and Songs

Yolanda Plumley

in The Art of Grafted Song: Citation and Allusion in the Age of Machaut

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199915088
eISBN:
9780199369713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199915088.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Part Three is devoted to citational practice in Machaut's lyrics and songs. Chapter Eight traces the sources for his borrowings and reveals that he plumbed material from both peers and predecessors. ... More


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