minstrel: troubador & trouvere music

Scott Fridenberg scottf at mailhost.galstar.com
Tue Mar 18 21:54:43 PST 1997


Linette de Gallardon said:

>Is anyone out there knowledgable about troubador & trouvere music?  I'm in
>the process of writing a song in that style, and I need feedback on the
>melody.  

>Thanks!

>Linette de Gallardon


	I've been studying the Troubadours for a while now.  I'm not much of a musician so I can't help much directly but I may be able to point you to more information.  I think anyone making a study of the Troubadours should get a copy of 'A Handbook of the Troubadours' edited by F.R.P Akehurst and Judith M. Davis.  The book purports to be a "reference book and digest of the material known to every Troubadour specialist", and is written to be an aid to formal and self-taught students of the troubadours.  The book contains a chapter devoted to the music of the troubadours with several examples.  It is a very useful book with an extensive bibliography.  
	I would also reccomend the CDs "Songs of Chivalry" by the Martin Best Mediaeval Ensemble, and "Dante and the Troubadours" by Sequentia.  The Songs of Chivalry CD I would reccomend even if you are not interested in Troubadour studies as it is teriffic music.  More detailed information follows.  I hope this helps.

Robert Fitzmorgan
Barony of Northkeep
Kingdom of Ansteorra


Songs of Chivalry
Martin Best Mediaeval Ensemble
Nimbys Records Limited
NI 5006

Dante and the Troubadours
Sequentia
1995 BMG music
05472-77227-2


A Handbook of the Troubadours
edited by F.R.P. Akehurst and Judith M. Davis
University of California Press
Berkeley and Los Angeles, California  1995
ISBN 0-520-07976-0

	You can get this on Inter-Library Loan, but it is still in print in Trade Paper for only $22.50 If you are at all serious about this you will want to have your own copy to refer to again and again.    


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