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Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana is a 13th-century manuscript that contains songs (the Carmina Burana proper) and six religious plays. The contents of the manuscript are attributed to the goliards (q.v.), wandering scholars and students in western Europe during the 10th to the 13th century who were known for their songs and poems in praise of revelry. The collection is also called the Benediktbeuern manuscript, because it was found (in 1803) at the Benedictine monastery in Benediktbeuern (from which burana is derived), Bavaria. The two parts of the manuscript, though written at the same time, have been separated. The songs, rhymed lyrics mainly in Latin with a few in German, vary in subject and style: there are drinking songs, serious and licentious love songs, religious poems, pastoral lyrics, and satires of church and government. Some of the poems were set to music by Carl Orff in his cantata Carmina Burana (1937).
The plays, in Latin, include the only known two surviving complete texts of medieval Passion dramas. These are the Ludus breviter de Passione (“Play in Brief of the Passion”), a prologue to a Resurrection play, and a longer text, probably amplified from a play on St. Mary Magdalene's life and the raising of Lazarus. The other plays are an Easter play; an unusually comprehensive Christmas play; an enlarged Peregrinus, which treats Christ's first two appearances to the disciples; and Ludus de rege Aegypti (“Play of the King of Egypt”), formerly regarded as part of the Christmas play.
Source: "Carmina Burana." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online School Edition. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 2011. Web. 5 Nov. 2011. <http://school.eb.co.uk/eb/article-9020385>.



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The Black Dragon by Canconier
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"The Black Dragon" by Canconier

Cançonièr proudly presents its new recording, 15th-century music from the time of the infamous Vlad the Impaler, whose tyrannical rule of Wallachia (Southern Romania) shocked Europe. Featuring Michel Beheim's German poem about Vlad's deeds, French and Italian dance music, German songs, music of the Byzantine court, Balkan folk songs, Turkish classical music, the Lamentation for the Fall of Constantinople by Guillaume Dufay, and more!



Instrumental Secular Music

  1. 13th century: Ductia
  2. Cantiga 119
  3. Cantiga 353 (with a modern twist!)
  4. Flores sur Tant m'abellis l'amoros pessamens






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Medieval English Songs

Medieval English Songs




L´Homme Armé

by Guillaume Dufay
L'homme, l'homme, l'homme armé,
L'homme armé
L'homme armé doibt on doubter, doibt on doubter.
On a fait partout crier,
Que chascun se viengne armer
D'un haubregon de fer.

Una Matica de Ruda

"Una Matica de Ruda" is one of the most recognizable Sephardi songs. This version was composed by an anonymous Spanish - Jewish musician of the 12th century and it's performed by the "Los Tiempos Pasados" ancient music ensemble with original instruments of the time"Una Matica de Ruda" is one of the most recognizable Sephardi songs. This version was composed by an anonymous Spanish - Jewish musician of the 12th century and it's performed by the "Los Tiempos Pasados" ancient music ensemble with original instruments of the time


Lo ferm voler qu'el cor m'intra

"Lo ferm voler qu'el cor m'intra", considered to be one of the first known sestinas created by the troubadeur Arnaut Daniel. Arnaut Daniel de Riberac (today Arnaut Danièl) was an Occitan troubadour of the 12th century, praised by Dante as "il miglior fabbro" (the best craftsman/creator, literally "the best smith") and called "Grand Master of Love" by Petrarch.





Asteria (The American medieval and renaissance ensemble Asteria (Sylvia Rhyne, soprano, and Eric Redlinger, lute and tenor) )video podcast about

Troubadours

In search of the roots of courtly love, Asteria travels to the land of the troubadours in the langue d'oc region of France where the Occitan culture was in full bloom in the 12th and 13th centuries.







Quant la doulce jouvencelle

by Christine de Pisan


Dueil angoisseux

by Christine de Pisan

Amours, venes mon cuer renconforter


Le Corps S'en Va




Pour L'amour De Ma Doulce Amye

by Guillaume Dufay'


Mon plus haut bien annonymous, (early 15th c)

Entre Vous Nouviaux Maries

by Johannes Legrant' (early 15th c)


Song in modern notation

A chantar m'er de so q'ieu no voldria

by Beatriz de Dia

Documents

Medieval Women and Music, by Cynthia J. Cyrus.