Douce Dame Jolie was composed in the C14th by Guillaume de Machaut who lived between and around the area of Rheims in. Title: Douce Dame Jolie. Composer: Guillaume de Machaut. Date of request: Requested by: Claudia Royston. Additional notes: I.

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This reflects a quasi-religious quality in secular medieval music which goes to the core of the sentiments being expressed. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript.

Just as the mass was an aural expression of the presence of the divine on Earth, so secular music like this piece, reflected an aural contemplation of perfection and timelessness. The poet is caught up in a dance of love that he fears will kill him but he is unable to break free.

Status was a feature of courtly love because the lady was literally elevated above the poet by her social status as well as by her untouchability. Mais vo douce maistrie Maistrie Mon cuer si durement Qu’elle le contralie Et lie En amour tellement Qu’il n’a jole riens envie Fors d’estre en vo baillie; Et se ne li ottrie Vos cuers nul aligement.

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A haunting medieval song about courtly love and death. The same suggestion of a never-ending, pitiless tempo runs through the song.

Douce Dame Jolie was composed in the C14th by Guillaume de Machaut who lived between and around the area of Rheims in France. The Art of Roland Hayes. List of compositions by Guillaume de Machaut.


Reblogged this on murreyandblue. Et quant ma dmae Garie Ne sera nullement Sans vous, douce anemie, Qui lie Estes de mon tourment, A jointes mains deprie Vo cuer, puis qu’il m’oublie, Que temprement m’ocie, Car trop langui longuement. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Many contemporary performers continue to sing versions of the song with different tempi and voice styles but it remains consistently haunting and intoxicating to the douxe. Schrade catalogues this work as Virelai No.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. You can hear this in the sounds of Douce Dame just as you do in Hildegaarde of Bingen or Gregorian chant. This site uses cookies. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Request:Douce Dame Jolie (Guillaume de Machaut)

Machaut was the most famous and represented composer of the fourteenth century. He is a true and honourable lover. You are commenting using your WordPress. In addition to writing almost one hundred virelais, ballades and rondeaux, he wrote lais, motets, a chanson royal, a complainte and the monumental Messe de Notre Dame.

The song is a virelaibelonging to the style ars novaand is one of the most often heard medieval tunes today.

Douce dame jolie, virelai for voice | Details | AllMusic

Ars nova Intabulation Virelai. This is, of course, a masterly conceit by Machaut. Although courtly love had altered by the time of Machaut, his music and lyrics echo that long tradition of setting the beloved on a pedestal and adoring them from afar.


There is a strong rhythmical structure to the virelai form which lends itself to the expression of longing and reiterated complaints of unrequited love. Alas, I am left begging For hope and relief; For my joy is at its end Without your compassion.

It inhabits the same mind-space and touches the same aesthetic regions of the soul despite being grounded in cat gut and wood and human vocal chords and even through the lens of so many centuries it reaches out to us with a message of longing and shared humanity which speaks to something deep inside ourselves.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The poets of the Occitaine region usually macchaut and composed for the courts ddame great lords and ladies and the troubadors were often drawn from aristocratic circles themselves.

He is mastered and unmade by the power of her hold over him both in body and soul. His emotions bind him to the sweet lady but she treats his heart harshly with distain and remains unmoved. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. Notify me of new comments via email. It has an obsessive quality about it.