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Machaut on the Web

This page provides links to sites relevant to the teaching, study, and performance of poetic and musical works by Guillaume de Machaut.
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Contents of this page

Scholarly essays on Machaut | Short Machaut Biographies | Reference Resources | Texts | Translations | Illustrations | Music Resources | Sound Clips | Discographies | Record Label Information | Machaut Oddities | Fourteenth-Century Culture and Politics | Medieval Studies Sites | Reciprocal Links | Web sites of IMS Members |


Scholarly Essays on Machaut

The Tradition of Courtly Love Expressed in the Poetry and Music of Guillaume de Machaut, Elizabeth G. Melillo, c. 1996. This document is also available at its old location.
De Chant et de Ditté Nouvelle Machaut and the French Ars Nova, Hope Greenberg, c. 1994
discussion of Machaut repertory in the Paduan fragments by Michael Scott Cuthbert. This is chapter 2 of his A.B. honors thesis, " Fragments of Polyphonic Music from the Abbey of S. Giustina: Codicies, Composers, and Context in Late Medieval Padua."
 

Short Machaut Biographies

Célébrations nationales 2000: the birth of Guillaume de Machaut. A biography (in French) and a jpg image from the Remede de Fortune; text provided by Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet.
Classical Composers Database (Knoware)
Classical Musician's Dictionary Machaut biography, with MIDI files of Rose, Liz, Printemps, Verdure and Agnus Dei, plus a small gif of the poet.
Classical.net biography with short discography
Classical Music Pages biography excerpted with permission from New Groves
Bob Sarkissian's Machaut page with a short biography and at least one link to MIDI files. Check for ongoing updates!
Internet Public Library's Machaut blurb with a real audio excerpt of the Mass.
Machaut discography's biography, a preface to the immense Machaut discography-with-text site by Pierre-F. Roberge and Todd M. McComb.
Essentials of Music biography of Machaut.
Dr. Estrella's Incredibly Abridged Dictionary of Composers, with a short biography and a few well-chosen links.
Infoplease.com Kid's Almanac entry for Machaut. Not as kid-accessible as you'd expect.
A short bio in French hosted at the BNF.
Biographisch-Bibliographischen Kirchenlexikons entry on Machaut (in German)
Karadar biographical entry in Italian
Cecilia y Candelario Martmnez's entry in Spanish.
Wielka Internetowa Encyklopedia Multimedialna biographical entry on Machaut (in Polish).

Reference Resources

The IMS Machaut bibliography-- text by R. Barton Palmer
The IMS Machaut bibliography-- music by Kevin N. Moll
The IMS at Kalamazoo abstracts and session outlines
Submit your questions to a music librarian
Visit the Music Library Association
The American Musicological Society
The On-Line Reference Book for Medieval Studies, or start at the ORB Music Index or the ORB Late Medieval France pages.
Indiana University's Early Music listing, or start at their excellent music resources page.
Machaut Discography, the most useful Machaut site on the whole entire web.

Texts

Texts of Machaut's music, available on the Machaut discography site thanks to the hard work of Todd M. McComb.
Quant je suis, text and translation.
Foy porter, including some background on courtly love. Scroll down to find the Machaut discussion and text.
Blanche com lys, from Petit Traité de Versification Française. You may have to use your browser's "find" command to locate the text. (A search for "machaut" will get you to the right portion of the page.) Elsewhere on the site, they have a Machaut page in frames, with access to the Ballade "Plourez, dames," the Rondeau "Sans cuer, dolens...," the Lay de Bonne Esperance, and the Rondeau "Puis qu'en oubli"
Cedille.com has posted Blanche com lys, Je maudis l'heure and Ne quiers voir.
The doublepictures Machaut page provides a brief study guide in French, texts to Ma fin, Qui n'auroit autre deport and Dame de qui toute ma joie vient plus a discography.
No longer available on the web, but available as a CD- ROM, the Hypertext Edition of Geoffrey Chaucer's Book of the Duchess contains text and excerpted translations of Machaut's Fonteine amoreuse, Jugement du roi de Behaigne, Remede de Fortune, plus the Balade note 8 and excerpts of the Lay de confort, according to their posted title page.

The edition of Machaut's texts made by Prosper Tarbé in 1849 is now available on-line. On the whole, the later editions are better (see Barton Palmer's bibliography for details), but this is useful as well.


Translations

Je vivroie liement, with text, translation, and sound-clip from Mirror of Narcissus
Dame, mon cuer en vous remaint from The Medieval Lyric site. Includes image, score, translation, and QuickTime 4 audio rendition.
 

Illustrations

Machaut, Oeuvres, B.N. Fr. 1586, a page of Machaut's music from the Library of Congress Exhibit, Treasures from the Bibliothèque nationale de France: Monarchs and Monasteries
An excerpt of Machaut's text from Machaut, Oeuvres, B.N. Fr. 1586, this copy at the Bibliothèque nationale de France; the description (in French) is item 24 in their on-line exhibit catalogue for "Naissance de la Culture Française: Trésors de la Bibliothèque nationale de France."
Classical Music Pages miniature from Paris BN fr. 1586, fol. E: "Nature introduces her children to the poet." (No copyright information provided for the illustration.)
Classical Musician's Dictionary Machaut biography, a small gif of the poet.
jpeg of Dame, mon cuer from the Lionheart recording of Remede de Fortune.
The Medieval Lyric site includes an unlabeled miniature to accompany the score of "Dame mon cuer en vous remaint." Also contains images of MS C, fol. 56v and MS C, fol. 57r
Images of various entertainers , including musicians, from the age of Charles V.

Music Resources

Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music, a site which aims to include all fragmentary sources of British pre-Reformation polyphony. Not strictly "Machauvian," but of potential interest anyway.
Medieval Notation links from Klemm Music.
Chantez-vous Francais?, with information on medieval French pronunciation.
Dame, mon cuer en vous remaint from The Medieval Lyric site. Includes image, score, translation, and QuickTime 4 audio rendition.
Goldberg: the early music and baroque music portal. Information about early and baroque music: news, new releases, festivals, concerts, performers, associations, masterclasses, competitions, luthiers, printed music.

Also check out the concert listings on our Events page.


Sound Clips

Christian Brassy's MIDI files (also located here) with extensive Machaut offerings (currently 23 individual works!) under the category TEXTES ET MUSIQUES (midi). (Sorry, the site uses frames--you'll have to navigate.) Some of the choices in ficta are idiosyncratic, so the novice listener should also be sure to consult more traditional renditions of these works.
Internet Renaissance Band's Medieval Music page, with links to Machaut's De bonté, de valour and Dous amis. All selections provided by Curtis Clark.
Machaut's Agnus Dei from the Classical Midi Archive.
Internet Public Library's Machaut blurb with a real audio excerpt of the Mass.
Lionheart recording of Remede de Fortune, with a RealAudio excerpt of Rose liz.
Internet Renaissance Band offers MIDI files of De bonté, de valour and Dous amis
Douce dame jolie in a version created for the Society for Creative Anachronism. They provide both MIDI and gif, compressed tiff and gzipped postscript versions of the score on their "page 2."
Bob Sarkissian's Machaut page with a short biography and at least one link to MIDI files. Check for ongoing updates!
Classical Midi Archives, with an early music section featuring (among many other things) Machaut's Agnus Dei (P.Drum), Rose, Liz, Printemps, Verdure (A.Conger), and Qui es promesses-Ha! Fortune-Et non est que adjuvet (G.Cataldo).
Classical Musician's Dictionary Machaut biography, with MIDI files of Rose, Liz, Printemps, Verdure and Agnus Dei, plus a small gif of the poet.
Lasse! comment oublieray / Se j'aim / Pour quoy me bat mes maris? (Motet M16). MIDI file by José Oscar de Almeida Marques.

Discographies and Reviews

Machaut discography, the pre-eminent starting point for Machaut discography, with texts for each work and a listing of recordings, plus a brief biography. We all owe a debt to the two authors, Pierre-F. Roberge (discography) and Todd M. McComb (texts). The site lists works alphabetically with the exception of the Messe which is listed first. When recordings are available, the description is cross-linked to the appropriate site. This site is flat-out the most significant web-based tool for finding info on Machaut recordings!
FAQ CD Directory's Machaut entry, an extensive discography. (Note: emfaq does not typically provide links to other web sites for these recordings.)
Early Music Recordings List by Todd M. McComb, including a section on Machaut recordings.
The doublepictures Machaut page contains another brief discography

Record Label Information

To find a record citation, start at Machaut discography, a work-in-progress by Pierre-F. Roberge with extensive cross-links that provide ordering information. If that doesn't list the work you are interested in, check FAQ CD Directory and type Machaut. The latter site provides access to an extensive discography with 73 clickable entries (and information on other recordings that lack separate web postings.) Emfaq provides bibliographic records, an index of each recording, and discussions of the performances. (It does not provide links to other web sites for these recordings, however.)
Hyperion records seems to have eliminated its catalogue entry for Machaut, but a site search still links to the following items:
Messe de Notre Dame, Lay de la Fonteinne, Ma fin est ma commencement, Hilliard Ensemble, Paul Hillier, dir.
Mirror of Narcissus, Gothic Voices, Christopher Page, dir.
Other Hyperion recordings with Machaut selections:
The Medieval Romantics
The Emma Kirkby Collection
Sacred and Secular Music of Six Centuries
Lancaster and Valois
The Study of Love
The Spirits of England and France, 1
The Spirits of England and France, 3
Harmonia Mundi has eliminated all their short blurbs, but does list the Ensemble Organum version of the Messe.
Remede de Fortune from The Medieval Lyric. It is available on cassette; accompanying anthology contains "Slightly abridged original text with facing-line English translations and modern transcriptions of the music for the lyric pieces. All lyric inserts are recorded on the cassettes, with both 2-voice and 4-voice versions of the balade "Dame de qui."" Intended for teaching purposes. A Medieval Lyric CD-ROM, still in preparation, will also contain an extended segment on Machaut.
'A Distant Mirror: Music of the 14th Century', an anthology CD by the Folger Consort on the Delos label

Machaut Oddities

town charter (sorry, it's now a site based on frames; head for "histoire" and look for Le Moyen Age) from Jean de Boheme for Bastogne (1332); work typical of Machaut's "day job" (though not necessarily drawn up by him, of course). You may have to search for the start of the charter; it is imbedded in a history of the town, and begins, "Jean, par la grâce de Dieu, roi de Bohême et de Pologne, comte de Luxembourg, etc." Thanks to John Broglio for calling my attention to this link.
 

Fourteenth-Century Culture and Politics

Charles IV of Luxemburg
Charles V
Bibliothèque Nationale de France's web page
NetSERF, organizes over 1,000 medieval links. Both informative and visually pleasing. You'll want to dwaddle here.
Literature of the French Middle Ages. A digest of TennesseeBob's (Robert Peckham's) links created and maintained by David A. Gatwood.
Decameron Web, which includes information on fourteenth century society and culture
The Engines of Our Ingenuity: 1370, an encapsulation of scientific progress circa 1370, written by John H. Lienhard. Or see th3e more broad-based medieval technology timeline by Paul Gans.

Medieval Studies Sites

The WWW Virtual Library for Medieval Studies The Labyrinth, with search capabilites by categories, types of materials, and keywords.
ORB--Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies
Medieval Academic Discussion Groups, a lengthy listing of medieval academic discussion groups.
NetSERF; organizes over 1,000 medieval links; this site is sponsored by the Department of History at Catholic University. Both informative and visually pleasing. You'll want to dwaddle here.
French Medieval History and Culture. Access to information on the French Middle Ages, divided into general sites, historical maps, and other. Maintained by Robert D. Peckham as part of TennesseeBob's Famous French Links
Literature of the French Middle Ages A digest of TennesseeBob's (Robert Peckham's) links created and maintained by David A. Gatwood.
Bibliothèque Nationale de France's web page
Early Music America
 

Reciprocal Links

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Classical Net
Academic Info: Music History & Studies; we're under Organizations & Centers.
Goldberg: the early music and baroque music portal. Information about early and baroque music: news, new releases, festivals, concerts, performers, associations, masterclasses, competitions, luthiers, printed music.

Web Sites of IMS Members

Cynthia J. Cyrus
 

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