minstrel: Troubadours/jongleurs music, instruments, CDs

Tim Connor timcon at flash.net
Tue Oct 10 16:40:34 PDT 2000


As someone has pointed out, troubadours and jongleurs are not quite the same
(thoughthere may have been some overlap).  The question of accompaniment is a bit
controversial--Christopher Page, whose Voices and Instruments of the Middle Ages
(University of California Press, 1986) is probably the most thorough attempt to
address this, believes that much troubadour song (what he calls the "high style")
was unaccompanied.  I think he draws too strong a conclusion from mostly negative
evidence, and is too dismissive of the evidence for acompaniment, but he's an
expert and I'm not.  The alternative view, in an article by Joel Cohen, can be
found at http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/articles/troubadours.and.instruments.html

You might also check out http://www.medieval.org/emfaq/  for more information and

In any case, the instrument that seems most strongly associated with the
troubadours is the vielle, though jongleurs used all kinds of instruments and Page
discusses many of these.

CDs I like that include at least some troubadour songs:

THE COURTS OF LOVE; Sinfonye; Hyperion CDA66367
BELLA DOMNA; Sinfonye; Hyperion CDA66283
DANTE AND THE TROUBADOURS; Sequentia; Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 05472-77227-2
LOVE SONGS OF THE MIDDLE AGES; Sequentia; Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 05472-77607-2
LE JEU D'AMOUR; Anne Azema; Erato 0630-17072-2
CHANTERAI; Sonus; Dorian DIS-80123

Some of these may still be available from BMG Classical Music Service, which is
where I got some of them (they have a web site--I'm afraid I don't have the
address handy).



mislav skracic wrote:

> Mislav Skracic
> Ulica Slobode 36
> 21000 Split, CROATIA
> Hello,
> I am a post-graduate student of literature at the Zagreb
> University, Croatia.  I am writing about occitan troubadours
> and the way their poetry was affected by their interaction
> with jongleurs and audiance, i. e. by the fact that the text
> was meant for public performance and oral transmission.
> I would appreciate very much if you could find time to answer
> any of the following questions:
> a)     Which instruments were the troubadours/ jongleurs using? I
> can find too little about this in the available bibliography
> (Bec, Jeanroy, Nelli, Zumthor).
> b)    Which CDs with troubadour music would you recommend,
> as I intend to attach some discograph references to the
> thesis... where, how, and at what price can I get them?
> c)    As my funds are limited, can you please refer me to
> on-line articles on trubadour music and other material that
> might be helpful.

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