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Giving Voice to Love: Song and Self-Expression from the Troubadours to Guillaume de Machaut

Judith A. Peraino


This study focuses on monophonic “courtly love” songs from roughly 1100 to the 1350s. These songs present a paradox: they conceive and express the autonomous subject—the lyric “I” represented by a single line of melody—yet they also engage highly conventional musical and poetic language. The lyrics are characteristically self-conscious, reflecting on the particular materials and event of their making, while acknowledging the irreducibly social conditions for self-expression. This book investigates similar self-consciousness in the musical settings, especially in moments and examples where voic ... More

Keywords: troubadour, trouvère, tornada, envoi, chanson, canso, descort, virelai, refrain, motet, Bernart de Ventadorn, Guillaume de Machaut, Thibaut de Champagne, Adam de la Halle, courtly love, medieval, subjectivity, expression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199757244
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199757244.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judith A. Peraino, author
Cornell University