Douce Dame Jolie was composed in the C14th by Guillaume de Machaut who lived between and around the area of Rheims in. Title: Douce Dame Jolie. Composer: Guillaume de Machaut. Date of request: Requested by: Claudia Royston. Additional notes: I.

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Music Of The Middle Ages. Fill in your details below or click an dkuce to log in: It has an obsessive quality about it.

Alas, I am left begging For hope and relief; For my joy is at its end Without your compassion. Views Read Edit View history. It is an example of the genre known as the virelai, one of the fixed formes of the fourteenth century the others were the ballade and the rondeau.

From the Middle Ages to Dowland and Purcell. Sexy Trippy All Moods. There is a feverishness and dkuce of rising panic in the lyrics until he finely begs for a quick death to release him. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Machaut – Douce Dame Jolie sheet music for Voice –

Life had been precarious and beautiful and heart-breaking before but machau about the scale and speed and random cruelty of the Black Death touched the very soul of humanity during the C14th.

This page was last edited on 21 Septemberat Machaut also wrote many pieces machsut sacred music including his famous Messe de Notre DameMass for our Lady, the first mass which can be attributed to one composer. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. Many contemporary performers continue to sing versions of the song with different tempi and voice styles but it remains consistently haunting jolue intoxicating to the ear.

The words are short and evenly balanced, almost conversational but the musical momentum of the piece drives them on in an unrelenting torrent towards an unsatisfactory conclusion.


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And still, your own heart renders it no relief. Machaut was the most famous and represented composer of the fourteenth century. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. This entry was posted on March 18, at 2: The beloved becomes a sickness, an adversary who is aware of the torment they cause but offers no respite or relief. You can hear this in the sounds of Douce Dame just as you do in Hildegaarde of Bingen or Gregorian chant.

His machuat bind him to the sweet lady but she treats his heart harshly with distain and remains unmoved. Jooie and Fame Time. Although courtly love had altered by the time of Machaut, his music and lyrics echo that long tradition of setting the beloved on a pedestal and adoring them from afar.

Machaut – Douce Dame Jolie sheet music for Violin

The Dance Macabre became a potent symbol in art of the relentlessness of the plague. Sweet, lovely lady eouce God’s sake do not think that any has sovereignty over my heart, but you alone.

One of the most famous musical pieces of the Middle Ages, ‘Douce Dame’ has been performed by a plethora of artists, mostly but not always in medieval style.

She was raised up on a dais or surrounded by her women; the consort of a powerful liege lord, was amchaut from the everyday world and her attributes became damee of a mystical femininity unknowable to the male observer. Writing in the style known as Ars Nova ‘New Art’, to distinguish it from Ars Antiqua, or ‘Old Art’he is largely responsible for the establishment of the fixed musical and literary secular forms of the fourteenth century.

This derives from the traditions of courtly love and duoce troubadors where feudal obligations between men were mirrored in service and unquestioning loyalty to an unobtainable lady. The Mirror of Narcissus. Gothic Music in Bohemia 13thth Century. There is a strong rhythmical structure to the virelai form which lends itself to the expression of longing and reiterated complaints of unrequited love.


To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: It is hardly surprising that Douce Dame has remained so well-known and loved over the centuries because the particular combination of music and words has a addictive quality which seems to get inside your head and revolve around and around; as beguiling as the imagined lady of the piece who destroys the poets equilibrium and causes him such anguish.

Machaut: Douce dame jolie

Reblogged this on murreyandblue. This is, of course, a masterly conceit by Machaut. Schrade catalogues this work as Virelai No. The listener is caught up too and there is no relief in the relentlessness of the music. He poet laments and sighs with the pangs of love as the pace of the music begins to take hold of the listener. Grinning cadavers catch hold of the hands in a vice-like grip, twirling their victims around and around as they drag them down into the waiting pits.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2. Streams Videos All Posts. This reflects a quasi-religious quality in secular medieval music which goes to the core of the sentiments being expressed.

Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. La Machayt de Paris: Status was a feature of courtly love because the lady was literally elevated above the poet by her social douve as well as by her untouchability. The song is a virelaibelonging to the style ars novaand is one of the most often heard medieval tunes today.

English translation Sweet, lovely lady for God’s sake do not think that any has sovereignty over my heart, but you alone.