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Fleur de Valeur: A Medieval Banquet

Trefoil

Fleur de Valeur: A Medieval Banquet

Format: CD
Label: Bridge
UPC: 0090404941924
Catnr: BRIDG 9419
Release date: 25 April 2014
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Label
Bridge
UPC
0090404941924
Catalogue number
BRIDG 9419
Release date
25 April 2014
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Artist(s)
Composer(s)
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About the album

Im Jahr 2000 startete des Trio Trefoil in New York und Philadelphia mit großem Erfolg sein erstes mittelalterliches Programm. Auf ihrer CD stellen sie eine exquisite Auswahl an Liedern vor, die sich um die bedeutendste mittelalterliche Blume ranken, die „Rose“ – la fleur de valeur. Sie stand symbolisch für die Jungfrau Maria, aber auch für die fleischlichen Begierden.

Artist(s)

Composer(s)

Guillaume Dufay

Ever since his death, Dufay has been considered as one of the greatest composers of the 15th century. In his life as a composer and singer Dufay, like many others, traveled throughout Europe, yet he stayed most of his years in Cambrai, France. At an early age, Dufay already showed remarkable talent and on his fourteenth he received the necessary support, and expensive presents, from the local cathedral. He would never pursue an academic education, but he knew how to obtain good positions within the Church.  Dufay composed in all the important genres of his age, from grandiose motets and intimate chansons to sacred, liturgical music. Dufay's style is surprisingly consistent and there is little development within his body of works....
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Ever since his death, Dufay has been considered as one of the greatest composers of the 15th century. In his life as a composer and singer Dufay, like many others, traveled throughout Europe, yet he stayed most of his years in Cambrai, France. At an early age, Dufay already showed remarkable talent and on his fourteenth he received the necessary support, and expensive presents, from the local cathedral. He would never pursue an academic education, but he knew how to obtain good positions within the Church. Dufay composed in all the important genres of his age, from grandiose motets and intimate chansons to sacred, liturgical music. Dufay's style is surprisingly consistent and there is little development within his body of works. The only development which can be discovered from his works, is the fact that at an early age he composed rhythmically striking melodies and later composed more fluent, milder musical lines. His motets and his Missa Se la face ay pale became the most famous - and are still absolutely worth listening to!
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Gilles Binchois

Ockeghem and Dufay may have been the best known composers of their time, it seems they both admired Binchois (which was a pseudonym, his real name was 'Gilles de Bins') to a great extent. Both composers wrote impressive lamentation for Binchois - Ockeghem his Mort tu as navré and Dufay his En triumphant de cruel dueil. The notion that Binchois is not as famous today is probably due to both his modesty and the fact that a large part of his works didn't survive after all these years.  At the end of the 1420s, Binchois started working for the Burgundian chape, which was a musical bastion with a large focus on tradition. He wrote music as they would have liked it: sober, stylised chansons and sacred music. His...
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Ockeghem and Dufay may have been the best known composers of their time, it seems they both admired Binchois (which was a pseudonym, his real name was 'Gilles de Bins') to a great extent. Both composers wrote impressive lamentation for Binchois - Ockeghem his Mort tu as navré and Dufay his En triumphant de cruel dueil. The notion that Binchois is not as famous today is probably due to both his modesty and the fact that a large part of his works didn't survive after all these years. At the end of the 1420s, Binchois started working for the Burgundian chape, which was a musical bastion with a large focus on tradition. He wrote music as they would have liked it: sober, stylised chansons and sacred music. His chansons must have been admired by his colleagues, since many of his melodies were used in other compositions.
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